Monday, December 27, 2010

Favorite Project of 2010

We bought our home a little over 3 years ago.  We were busy on the inside for about the first 2 years, but didn't do a thing to our yard.  The yard is nice, and sits next to our subdivision pond, but the landscaping was just the bare bones.

There was a nice pool in the side yard, overlooking the little pond.  We have a covered patio attached to the house that has a  nice view and that is where we put our patio furniture.  In fact, that is where I am standing to take this picture.  We spent a lot of time in that covered patio and we especially like to hear the fountain.  There is something very relaxing about the sound of water running.
 At the end of the pool, there was nothing but patio and grass.  Nothing really to draw you into the yard.

 There is a really nice view and I felt like this whole part of our yard was not being used.  SO......
 Here we go...the patio was shortened a little, to keep with the set backs required by code, but we kept the shape the same.  We wanted our new structure to look like it had always been there, not added on.

 The finished product dressed up for fall.

 We weren't going to get a new grill, but we are so glad we splurged. The little frig comes in handy for drinks, especially during swim season.
                                           We love it!

  This is a picture of the first night we sat out in the summer with a fire.  Isn't that a great view?  It has turned out to be a great place to read, watch the fire, or TV, and even take a nap.

 We are excited to use it this summer ~ we plan to move the living room furniture back to the covered area and move the dining table in here for a summer kitchen feel.  

We added a lot of new landscaping this fall, along with some stone paths and a playhouse.  But that is for another day ~ this is by far our favorite improvement for 2010, and one that brings us so much enjoyment.

I am joining Kim at Savvy Southern Style for her Boring to Better Party, the best of 2010.
I am also joining Robin for her All Things Merry and Brite ~ All Things Inspired Party, and Vanessa at Southern in My Heart for her Inspiration Friday Party.


Lori said...

Wow, great new space. I know you are loving it.


Pat said...

Fabulous outdoor space. I absolutely love it!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sue, what a beautiful backyard and sitting area with an outdoor fireplace. I am jealous for sure. I would love all that, but our yard is on a vein of granite that is only three feet under the ground and running springs. That is where our pond comes from, the underground springs. We had a pool at our first house and my husband really didn't want the upkeep of another one, but I miss it. Thanks for sharing this.

Vanessa said...

Hi Sue! WOW! That is just unbelievable and should be featured on an HGTV show or in a magazine! It is my absolute dream backyard and you guys did an incredible job. Your home is just gorgeous!

Terry said...

All I can say is, WOW, Terry

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Your home and yard are spectacular! WOW I just can't get over that outdoor area. Enjoy. Happy Healthy New year to you and your family.

Stacey said...

That is gorgeous and it looks like the perfect spot.

Robin said...

I love this serene space! Really you guys have such a wonderful vision for your home sweet home.
I can see why this is your favorite project of 2010!
I love the idea of posting the favorites for '10!
love to you and yours~have a safe New Years~
All Things Heart and Home

Pamela said...

Terry how blessed you are to have such a beautiful place top call home! I am in love with your outdoor living area!

heartofacountryhome said...

Such a beautiful, relaxing outdoor setting. Very lovely!

Rettabug said...

This isn't "Boring to Better"...this is "Functional to FABULOUS!!" What a spectacular space to play in...I'm pea green with envy, honest. Oh, the parties you could plan for out there. *sigh*

Your home is absolutely beautiful, inside & out, Sue. You are truly blessed. Many more happy & healthy New Year's to be celebrate in it.

mustard seeds said...

Oh my goodness, your yard and outdoor kitchen are just beautiful!!!

Linda said...

OH this is really fabulous, Sue! I can see where it would really add to your family life! You did a beautiful job with this! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your nice comments!

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

Sue, what a gorgeous backyard! I would definitely spend a lot of time out there! I can see why this is your favorite project! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

What a beautiful home and backyard! Are those your daughters in the pics, and are they twins?
What a beautiful family! Linda

Debbie said...

First, I have to say THANK YOU!!! I just got home last night from visiting the inlaws and discovered your wonderful package waiting on the porch. It felt like Christmas morning all over again!! When I get a pair of minutes, I'm going to take a picture of it all.

And second, I love your favorite project. It's like a vaction retreat in your back yard. I would want to be out there all of the time!

Looking forward to this blog in 2011!

CAS said...

Wow, I thought it was super cool before, but geeze -- how fantastic it is now!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Happy New Year Sue! I have started blogging again...come say HI;)!


Love your project by the way...what a beautiful addition to your backyard!

Vanessa said...

Hi Terry! Just coming back over to say thank you for linking up to the party this week and sharing your gorgeous outdoor spaces with us! It is all truly inspiring!
Blessings to you in the New Year,

Green Door Girl said...

GORGEOUS - we have an outdoor kitchen that we added when we built, but it currently has NO decor, like ZERO (well our old tables/chairs) - that is my number one project for 2011 is to design this space! Good inspriration for me - thanks! I found you through Southern in My Heart's link party

Val said...

Wow, this is simply incredible!

Designs By Pinky said...

Just absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I would DIE for a space (and home) like this!!!! Stunning! I will be your newest follower!!!! So glad I found you!!! XO, Pinky