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Backyard Patio One Room Challenge Week 3 – The Design

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Welcome back to week 3 of our One Room Challenge backyard patio project!

If you’re just joining us, be sure to read the first two posts in this series:

As a reminder, the One Room Challenge (ORC) is a bi-annual event hosted by Linda from Calling it Home and Better Homes & Gardens where bloggers from all over complete a room makeover during a 6-8 week season and link them up to support each other along the way.

This season we’re creating a lovely outdoor oasis in our backyard!

As you may recall, years ago we renovated our back deck to accommodate a dining, living and grilling space.

It’s a lovely space for entertaining, but lacks the cozy, peaceful feeling of a relaxing spot in the midst of foliage.

So, we’ve decided to install a gravel patio and water feature next to the deck and that’s what this 8-post series is all about!

As a reminder, here’s what we started with:

Yup, that’s a large, unused area just dying to be transformed! 😉

And here’s the mood board I’ve put together to show you what I’ve got in mind for this gravel patio space:

Now, let’s take a step back and talk through what we want out of this space and how each item I selected for that design above gets us there!

Backyard Gravel Patio Design

My Inspiration

To be honest, I didn’t really search Pinterest or look online for much inspiration when it came to designing this space.

This was mostly because we knew we had to do a gravel patio (because of the septic tank), we aren’t changing out very much of the landscaping and we’re reusing furniture we already had (remember this set from the deck?)

I guess when you know what you want, you know what to get! 😉

The few things I did seek out inspiration for were the water feature and potted plants.

As shown in my mood board above, we’ve decided to do a simple rock water fountain and some tall, grass-like plants in white pots of varying sizes.

My Design

A Place to Relax

One of the biggest things we wanted out of this patio was a place to escape the busyness of life and simply relax.

Almost every part of this design adds to the relaxing, including:

  • Cozy spots to sit/lay
  • A fireplace
  • A water feature
  • Lots of plants/foliage

A Private Spot

While our deck does have some privacy panels on the sides of it, it’s still in the middle of all the backyard action.

We were hoping for a place where we could get AWAY from all of that and gain some privacy.

Pieces of the design that create a feeling of privacy:

  • Privacy panels in the fencing
  • Tucking the patio inside an area where 3 sides are surrounded by tall foliage

A Stylish Retreat

In addition to making it relaxing and private, I really wanted to make this space stylish too.

This design gains style with:

  • Potted plants
  • A modern fireplace table
  • Decor including throw pillows, a lantern and a garden stool

So, what do you think of my design? I’m so excited to see how it all comes together!!

Backyard Gravel Patio Progress

Let’s review again what “mini-projects” need to happen to bring about this transformation and what we’ve done so far:

  • Install privacy panels in the chain-link fence
  • Remove 3″ of dirt to make room for the gravel and new landscaping
  • Install walkway and patio borders
  • Move and adjust irrigation lines
  • Install and compact the gravel
  • Move a large tree from the middle of yard to the back corner of the patio
  • Plant new shrubs and flowers in surrounding bark beds
  • Install rock water feature
  • Install fresh, new bark nuggets
  • Spray paint old patio furniture and purchase new cushions
  • Purchase fire pit table, hammock, rug and decor
  • Set up furniture and decor!

Everything with a strike through it is complete as of today.

Ready to see a few progress pics?

I’ll give you a bigger run-down of what we’ve done so far and what’s to come in next week’s post, but I figured we needed a sneak peek, right? 😉

Here’s a look at the privacy panels going into the fencing…

And here’s a peek at the patio after the gravel was installed!

Ok, that’s enough for today. Can’t give it all away!

But be sure to check back next week to get a much more detailed run-down of what we’ve done so far, a few decisions we’ve had to make, and how our initial design was adjusted as we worked through some issues…

Be sure to head over and check out the progress on the featured and guest participants’ projects too – there’s some pretty awesome ones!

See you next week!



5 thoughts on “Backyard Patio One Room Challenge Week 3 – The Design”

  1. New to your page, can’t wait to see the finished project. I’d also love to get more info on the privacy panels you used on the chain link. One side of our yard has the same and I’d love to add some privacy there.

    • Hi Trena! Welcome! The privacy slats we put into the fence are these ones from Home Depot. (that’s an affiliate link.) They come in 6 different colors too!


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