Alternate title: We decided to spend all our money before the baby comes.
Just kidding. Kind of.
Andy has been wanting to put in a patio for a long time. I didn’t think it was worth it. When we got pregnant I really didn’t think it made sense to spend the money. But then one day I was mowing the lawn and had a vision of how good it would look and how much more enjoyable our outdoor space would be with it.
That was all the encouragement Andy needed. A few weeks later we signed a contract and were put on the schedule for installation!
Wisdom of the day: If you are thinking of doing this yourself, just don’t. You know we love us some DIY, but this is not worth it. Every little detail is crucial to having a patio that can stand the test of time. It took our crew of professionals 3.5 days to complete the project. It was the best project ever. We did NOTHING and all the mess stayed outside!
You get the idea. We had a tiny patio. We made it big. They worked hard. Here’s what we got!
The patio is actually a bit elevated from the rest of the yard. After they finished the installation we spent two days working incredibly hard, laying mulch, planting sod and seed, cleaning up the beds. It’s not perfect but it is more than presentable!
Ignore the hose laying out. We have to keep the grass seed moist! When we decided on the layout of the new patio we were both really excited to have a sitting area where we could put a firepit. We ordered this one online. Over time the orangey color will turn more red and brown.
With a baby on the way and kids at our house all the time, I was concerned about having a firepit. The one we purchased had an optional lid. I love it because not only can we keep it sealed (the lid is heavy and not something a kid can just knock off) when not in use but it also becomes a little tabletop – perfect for kids to eat on.
One last fun addition we did before we cut off any more spend on the patio area. We love the sound of a fountain in the backyard. So soothing! But doing a built in fountain just wasn’t in the budget nor did it make sense really for our neighborhood. Andy purchased this tub on Amazon and a water pump and built our own! We figured it was a small investment and I can always use the tub for a planter or something. But the nights we’ve been outside it has been a nice background noise.
And that’s it! Here’s hoping for some beautiful fall weather so we can enjoy the patio as much as possible before winter comes!