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Patio Makeover: Back to Square One

If you’re a long time reader of this blog, you might recall how excited I was last year to post about my patio makeover.

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Well… the rest of that story goes: In early fall, a sudden rain shower descended while I was out shopping and I returned home to a completely imploded gazebo. The End.

I remember being in total shock when I pulled in the driveway at the same time as the UPS man… I even looked at him suspiciously, to see if he had any part of this fiasco. He saw me standing open-jawed next to my smooshed gazebo and said to me, “Did that just happen?”

Yeah. That’s what I’m saying!!

Well it did happen and that left us picking up the pieces and putting them away for winter. Time to regroup.

With such a cold spring, we’re just finalizing our outdoor cleanup and garden setting, and have finally finished sprucing up the patio for summer! Thanks to the folks at Raymour and Flanigan, I had a boost in getting our patio back in order for summer entertaining!

I’ll share the “after” photos in a few days, but for now, just take a look at what I’m dealing with: patio makeover

A patio right next to a driveway. Need me some pretty there!

A backyard that plunges suddenly downwards right at the end of the patio/driveway (see? see what I’m dealing with!?). This means our space is pre-defined for us!

Living on a hill means we stare right into ALL our neighbors backyards all the time. And they can stare right up at us from most angles… It doesn’t matter that there are trees around the edges of our property, we’re so high up we still get a bird’s eye view. We want more privacy when we’re having dinner outside.

And of course… apparently, we’re also a mini children’s playground, since this is the only flat space away from the road to ride bikes and play with certain toys. We’ll make some adjustments here, but the reality is we have kids so… the toys will still be around, I’m sure!

Fortunately, our patio paint job from last year came through the winter mostly intact – hubby just had to do some patch jobs here and there.

I can show you Step 1 in the process of our patio makeover: getting a new gazebo. It’s a must for us, because the afternoon sun hits that side of the house fiercely, so we have to have some cover if we’re going to be out of doors for extended time periods. patio makeover

But that’s all for today – stay tuned. Patio Makeover Part Two is coming up!

What would you change about your patio or backyard? 

Thanks to Raymour & Flanigan Furniture for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

Mandy

Thursday 4th of June 2020

Try getting a new and "different type" of gazebo (if this too should fail), perhaps with a little more strength and a metal or poly-carbonate roof. Scouring through many reviews, I find that this kind of gazebo, both of which you have pictured here isn't very strong. Consider the way you secure it as well. I have had a "pop-up" gazebo standing for the past three years. I live in Tampa, FL. We get tornado watches and warnings often, with the winds and torrential downpours to follow. Due to the way we have it secured with para cord through eye bolts in our cement foundation, it holds up amazingly well. However, it is also domed. So water does not pool on the canopy. This year we finally purchased an amazing aluminum framed/steel roofed gazebo with actual rain gutters. I'm so excited! It has yet to arrive. I cannot wait to get it assembled soon! It can be secured at the feet, however, we will still add extra security, this time with metal cable and eye bolts. I think sometimes, folks don't think of their gazebos as parachutes. But, in a sense, that's exactly the case. If the water doesn't pool and collapse your beautiful outdoor covering, the wind will most definitely lift it and slam it down if not properly secured. We also have our current gazebo right next to our house. So we secured it with eye bolts to the side of the house as well, rendering it virtually motionless. Hope this helps with any future attempts. Good luck! And happy outdoor spacing!

Liz Mays

Tuesday 24th of June 2014

I hear ya about needing to pretty up a patio space. Looks like you're headed in the right direction!

Liz Mays

Tuesday 24th of June 2014

I hear ya about needing to pretty up a patio space. Looks like you're headed in the right direction!

katrina g

Tuesday 24th of June 2014

step one looks really cool. that sucks about the old one. I would love a patio makeover.

katrina g

Tuesday 24th of June 2014

step one looks really cool. that sucks about the old one. I would love a patio makeover.

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