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.