Backyard

Backyard

When you live in South Florida, you tend to live outside. Your backyard space is so important. When we first started renovating we decided to place all of our focus on the inside first. But as soon as we moved in it wasn’t even a year later that we started figuring out our backyard plans. We were just too excited. Our house was built in the 60’s so screened in pools were often a thing, but we also live in a place where hurricanes are a things so they get blown down a lot as well. The screen made the pool area feel a lot more closed in. Once we took down the screen you could see how much more space we had for backyard space! My parents always have a great backyard and since more then half of the yard its like 70 degrees outside we have these things called “porch parties”. It’s not formal, its more like all of my adult siblings and their families end up at the same house to hang out around the fire pit. It’s so fun and some of the best conversations happen there. So we designed our space with that feeling in mind. Lots of seating, a beautiful fire pit, and an open sky ambiance. Since renovation our backyard, we have had countless birthday parties, adoption parties, holidays, porch parties, and hostings.

This is what the pool looked like when we bought the home. You can see the screen, coping, waterline tile, and lovely pool bars.

Ok let’s talk about logistics.

Night before we started!

Pavers: These were pretty easy because there aren’t as many options like there is with interior flooring. We found a highly recommended company that could do our pavers. We wanted a more contemporary look so we went with 24×36 travertine. Here are your options in SF as far as pavers: Marble, Porcelain, Travertine, Limestone, and Concrete.

Instead of adding a pool coping, we have the pavers make an infinity edge instead.
  • Marble – gets really slippery when wet.
  • Porcelain – really loved this option but in the end it was significantly more then I wanted to spend. It’s got to work within the budget people.
  • Limestone – this is beautiful but you need to seal it regularly or it could stain. We have kids… I did not want to have to worry about that.
  • Concrete pavers – was just not the style or feel we were going for.
  • Travertine – winner! This is what we went with. But to make it look more contemporary we chose all 24x36in stone pieces. and laid it in a more contemporary pattern.
We actually chose a different tile for the waterline.. when they showed up with the wrong tile, I actually loved this one more then the one we chose so we went with it!

We also had to re-do our pool tile around the waterline, skimmer, and diamond brite. Diamond brite is the pool flooring, which means we drained our pool.

The company we hired to do the patio handled all of this for us. Which was nice to be able to just work with one company instead of multiples. Once we started, it was done within like 2 weeks. For the furniture I mostly got stuff from Target, allmodern, and offerup! Their Project62 line is awesome especially for their outdoor stuff. Love it!

We extended the pavers to go our a lot further then where it originally was. We took spray paint and drew it out on the floor so we could feel out the space before they started. We even added some curves to make it feel more tropical.

People are our thing. Steve and I love them, we want them to feel welcome and warm no matter the season or the reason for gathering. Our backyard makes that very easy.

If you have any questions about our process, send me a message!

Design a life you love!

Hope.

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