I'm excited to share with you some updates we've made to the back of our house. Here's how it looks today:
We were very happy with how the new deck and railing turned out. Here's an up-close photo of the railing. I chose simple square rails and copper finials for the posts.
After the deck was completed, we decided to make a major improvement to the ground level of our home. We're very fortunate to have a large back yard that backs up to land owned by the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers. A major creek runs through that land, so it will never be developed. Hence our back yard is extremely private. Our house is built on a hillside, so it's two stories tall in the front and three stories tall in the back. All we'd ever had on the ground level in back was a concrete patio under the deck and a muddy mess under the screened porch. Here's how we solved that.
First, our splurge: a Belgard paver patio. (No affiliation; I'm just a fan of their products.) I'm so glad we didn't try to DIY this project. A wonderful crew spent two full days getting to this point:
Things progressed quickly after that:
We couldn't be happier with the way the patio turned out.
As for the muddy mess under the screened porch, we certainly could have used the same pavers, but that was cost-prohibitive for us. Our patio contractor suggested a river rock and flagstone approach to make that area attractive and maintenance-free. When you use the term "maintenance-free," you're speaking my love language.
I added a decorative pot and some hostas for a little visual interest:
Snickers the beagle adds visual interest, too.
Looking back from the rocky area toward the patio:
The window and door there lead into our home gym. The view from the treadmill is much nicer now.
Here's the whole area from one direction:
And from the other direction:
Here's a view looking down from the steps onto the new patio. One of the main reasons my husband wanted a ground-floor patio is to have a safe place to use his Big Green Egg. The new patio is 270 square feet, so there's plenty of room. I can't wait to host a party here--my husband is locally famous for baby back ribs cooked on the Big Green Egg!
The gas grill we left on the deck, so it's just a few steps from the kitchen.
Here's the view now from our screened porch dining table:
Next I'll share some fun updates to the screened porch decor!
I'm joining these wonderful parties: