Transforming A Backyard

4 Materials
6 Months

From Blank Slate to Backyard Oasis

When we bought our house the backyard was truly a blank slate. We wanted a pool and pretty landscaping and a nice patio place to enjoy outdoors. That seemed like a huge task looking at this picture. We put some plans together and started the makeover. The beginning of the pool.

 First was to add the pool, that would be the base for the yard. Digging began and we were on our way.

As the pool progressed, I wanted to try and do something with the patio space. It had really become a disaster and dumping ground for all the pool mess.

Time to clean it off and wash everything down. A good power washing of all the walls and patio area left me with a clean space. Then washing our old patio furniture and cleaning the cushions was next.  Now we had a clean place to sit down.

When the pool was finished, we hired a landscaper to put in irrigation and drip lines all around the pool and property. This also included a 30 gallon tree and 35 shrubs and plants. Total cost $2200.00

This was starting to look inviting.  A great place to enjoy the outdoors. 

It was fun the watch the family enjoying the pool too. 

Now it was time to makeover the patio and create a space we really enjoyed being on. Starting with just the basics - - -

I wanted to create some privacy from the house next door. I ordered some outdoor curtains from Wayfair. 4 panels did the trick for a cost of about $100.00.

I used a pipe to hand them from at the top and another pipe to hold them down at the bottom. We had the pipes on hand so free.

I added a wicker chair I had to use with the patio furniture we had to help create a better conversation area and more seating. Some new settee cushions from At Home for $68.00 and a new 5 x 7 rug from At Home for $69.00 and I had a great base to decorate. I pulled pillows, throws, candles and other accessories from my stash to finish things off. Hubby added some of his favorite plants and we were done. Now we had a nice place to relax and to entertain our guests.

Our backyard Oasis was coming together. Plants grew fast with a little care and of course I loved seeing all the pretty flowers. 

Suggested materials:
  • Outdoor Drapes $100   (Wayfair)
  • Cushions and Rug $137   (At Home)
  • Landscaping $2200   (Local Landscaper)
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Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life
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  • Candace Candace on Jul 31, 2020

    Did you hire the pool building to the pros? I can’t begin to imagine how to plan, learn all the geology and inttraquite details one would need to know to do it on one’s own.

    May I ask the cost of the pool? It looks huge and amazing! Thanks so much!

  • Angel Vick Angel Vick on Aug 12, 2020

    Assuming you hired someone to build the pool....or DIY?

    If you don't mind sharing what it cost you?

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  • Karen Morin Karen Morin on Jul 31, 2020

    Love the shade over the end of the pool! Everything is very inviting and lovely. Great job!