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Backyard Makeover Chronicles – Demo and a Design Change

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There’s some real progress happening over here at our backyard makeover!!

Demo is the best because it allows the vision to really come alive…

I am SO excited to see how this all comes together in the next few weeks! ๐Ÿ™‚

First off, let’s talk design.

Our biggest goal in this backyard makeover wasn’t to make a new space, but rather to fix up the existing space.

We don’t have a huge budget for this project, so updating, rather than redoing, was really important.

This house came with a large, covered deck that was extremely functional for meals and relaxing outside.

The only downsides being its odd shape, the low height of the cover, and that the fiberglass covers blocked any sun from coming in our windows on the south side of the house.

Seriously guys, it was SO DARK in our house…

I knew the only solution was removing those covers, which meant losing the “rain-proof” play area for our rainy winters, but we just had to do it.

In our initial design for the makeover, we were going to remove just the fiberglass and then add some 1×2’s across the top to make the structure into a pergola.

I love the look of pergolas and they’re great for creating shade.

BUT, as soon as the covers came off and we watched for a day, we realized most of the deck was shaded all day by our large maple tree!

Since the cover’s structure was really low (like only 7′ above the deck) we knew right away we didn’t want it either.

That being said, here’s a run down of what we’ve done so far!

Demo started last Sunday and Chris was able to remove all the fiberglass covers and 1/3 of the wood structure.

Here’s some action shots of my handsome man. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Removing all the screws.
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Pulling off the fiberglass covers.

On Tuesday night, Chris took out the cover’s internal wood structure.

We decided to keep the outer perimeter (what is currently painted red) to add some style and hang our lights from.

Then last night, Chris built in the missing corner of the deck to make it a full rectangle.

And so, here are a few shots from where we’re at today:

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Doesn’t it look awesome?! So much more spacious and bright!

Still to come:

  • building in the rest of the perimeter
  • installing lattice on the left side to match the existing lattice on the right side
  • painting the perimeter and lattice white
  • installing a new gutter
  • painting the deck
  • building a concrete counter top to go along the left side by the BBQ
  • installing string lights from the house to the perimeter structure

We are hoping to get a bunch done this weekend, but I’ll be sure to keep you all up-to-date on our progress over the next few weeks.

Thanks for following along on this fun project!

Have a wonderful weekend!



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