Big Patio Plans for Spring Break

Things are happening around here, folks. My awesome husband, who has been drowning with an enormous workload the last couple of months, has spring break next week.

You know what that means? It means we are going to take on some bigger house projects for the first time in a couple of months. We are VERY excited about it!

If you've been following this blog for awhile, you know that we built a patio last spring. Then we added some rock landscaping and outdoor lighting. The patio has been an awesome addition to our home. We use it all the time, especially this time of year when the weather is soooo nice.

Now we're ready to up the ante with our patio. You may remember when I bought these salvaged wrought iron columns at the flea market back in the fall.

My idea has always been to place these two columns on the outer corners of our patio to create the feeling of an outdoor room. Now it's time to make it happen!

It's been a bit of a challenge to figure out how we can make it work. I have never wanted a pergola because I didn't want a roof to close in the space. I liked the idea of open sky above us when we are eating outside. (Plus, pergolas are expensive!)

Right now, the plan is to anchor these wrought iron columns into these smaller wooden crates we bought at the thrift store. They just so happen to be the perfect size! The plan is to drill some holes in the bottom for rebar that will be placed into the ground for stability, and then the crate will be halfway filled with concrete around the rebar (and to give a solid base for the columns). 

This may not make any sense at all, but we think it will work. And if it does, we'll be sure to show you how we did it. 

Anyway, here's a little sketch of how I'd like the patio to look:

You're looking at an aerial view of the backyard patio area. We want to place the columns on the outside edge of the patio, within the gravel area. They will be attached to the house with some heavy-duty wire in a system like this one I found on Pinterest. The wires will allow me to hang outdoor curtains (the squiggly lines on my drawing) similar to this:


Those dotted lines you see going across the patio in my drawing are cafe lights. I'm excited about that and hope we can make it work! The hubby pointed out that we need to string them horizontally so they don't have to attach to our brick exterior wall and can just loop around the wire "frame" we're hoping to create. 

These plans are somewhat ambitious, but Scott is really excited about it. Whenever he gets pumped about a project, it usually turns out to be amazing. He has missed working on the house lately and is itching to get started on the patio. 

Other spring break plans: lay new flooring in the guest room (the last remaining room with the yucky carpet) and dog-proofing the garden by the patio. The furry nuggets have been destructive lately, digging massive holes in the garden and chewing through wires. They busted one of our outdoor lights and completely ruined the cord that was powering our DIY fountain. I love our puppies, but must they ruin all of our cool stuff?!

So, do you have any big home projects you're working on? I'd love to hear about them!

* Spring Fever*

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