Patio and Retaining Wall Reveal

I finally have a completed project to share with you all! We all know how long it takes for David to do complete something, so it’s been so nice having a finished patio to enjoy.  It took the guys about 5-6 days between demo day and building it out and we couldn’t be happier with the final result.  The only thing that we aren’t the most happy with is the retaining wall.  That is completely our fault though.  It’s 15 feet and it just looks really small against the giant patio. I think we assumed it would go all the way to the dog run, but we figured that we could always add onto it if it really bothers us, or we can build in the BBQ like we planned between the dog run and the retaining wall.  I know that the dog run looks really ugly and out of place next to this gorgeous patio, but once we paint the exterior of the house, we will paint this as well.Since the patio has been finished, the boys have loved playing on it.  They bring out their trucks and cars, play soccer, basketball and t-ball.  It’s been so fun to see how happy they are outside and finally enjoying their safe space. I can’t wait to get our outdoor table and chairs out here so that we can have dinner outside this late spring/ summer. I also am looking forward to do the landscaping, it’s looking a little bleh out there.

Patio Progress and Retaining Wall Day 2

Happy Monday! The boys are back in school, and we are back to our routines. It’s crazy to think that they are done with school in a month.  This year went by so fast, it’s scary.

Anyway, our old retaining wall was really long, but it was falling apart and totally unsafe for the kids to play on or even near. Originally, David and I thought we would do a wall the same size as our old one, but I think there was a miscommunication with the contractor because he planned on a 15ft wall. In his original plan he included a BBQ as well, so maybe the wall was 15ft but that didn’t include the BBQ.  We decided against the BBQ because it was way over our budget, and so much more needs to be done with this house.  If we feel like we want one in the future, we have the space to easily add one in.

We wanted a smooth look for the wall with stones that went well with the patio and I think it is looking great.  It needs a topper for a little bench look, but it’s so close to being done!One of the guys working on the patio suggested that we did some kind of border for our window wells. It makes them look a little less ugly, and it also makes them stand out more so that hopefully the kids don’t run over them. I am glad that this was suggested because I never would have thought to do this and it really looks good. Not much left to do and so excited to enjoy it this spring and summer!

Patio Progress Day 1

Finally I am pleased with a company David chose to work with.  These guys work quick! They got so much done their second day and we couldn’t be happier with how it is looking.

I love the stone we picked, even if it doesn’t look the best with our home’s current exterior paint color.

I also love the pattern we went with when it came to lying the stones out. It feels modern yet still traditional in a way.Our old patio was huge, and we thought there was no need for a patio that large, so we shrunk it just a little. The pile of dirt by the tree is where the old patio went to. We thought we would just plant more grass there once the patio was finished.Next up, building the retaining wall! Have a great weekend!

Patio Demo

A couple of weekends ago, I caught David staring out of our kitchen window with that look he always gets when he has an idea for a project. I creepily watched him for a little and then finally asked him “what????” He of course responded with “nothing” as he usually does, and proceeds to say “well, just trying to figure out what to do with this patio”.

I heard him out, and not sure why I was so surprised to hear that he wanted to tackle this himself. I mean it’s not like he’s in the middle of our mudroom and pantry/planning center- he told me it would be finished in January. It’s also not like we have a punch list of 283748474894 things and a nursery to get started (yes, I’m pregnant again and never announced it). Ahhh!!

I respectfully kept listening, but then told him maybe it was a good idea to get some bids from local companies. We had two guys come over a day later and somebody else the following week.

After receiving three bids, we went with a guy who brought us samples and created a 3D layout of what the patio would look like.

We wanted it to look pretty, but we also didn’t want to spend too much since we most likely won’t live in this house forever. We figured, if we decide to stay, we can add on things like a fire pit, outdoor kitchen, etc.

They arrived at the house by 8am on a Wednesday morning and the entire patio was demoed before 4. Ya, that would have taken David weeks, if not months. The men working on the yard were super respectful and even cleaned up the best they could by the end of the day. It was definitely a good start to the project!

Planning Center

After a long hiatus, I am back! Battling an awful cough and sinus infection while being pregnant isn’t fun.  Of course, it is also about to be Passover and Spring Break which means baking and kids will occupy my time! I do have a little house update though…

One thing that I miss about out Compass Pointe house is the planning center.  It was so nice to have a designated area for the computer and all of our mail and other junk while the “office” was being used as a playroom.  Our situation is a little similar here.  We turned our dining room into the office, but that is our temporary playroom.  When I say temporary I mean, it will be our playroom until we move from this house.

Anyway, now that we have a giant pantry, we can go ahead with building the planning center.  We thought it would be a great quiet area for the kids to do homework, but most importantly, hide junk in a organzed way of course.

We purchased the same cabinets that we used in the mudroom and David installed them in a layout that would allow two people to do homework at the same time.  There is plenty of room and it’s already looking great.  We also went with the same counter as the laundry room and mudroom and I can’t believe how quickly David got that done.

As soon as the planning center is 100% complete, we can clear out the mudroom and finish , that or maybe vice versa.

I am really hoping that the mudroom and the planning center is done before May.  We have a nursery to design and I don’t need the stress of doing it last-minute!

Back Door

This house has a lot of doors leading to outside.  We have a door from the garage to the backyard, one from the mud room to the backyard, a slider from the kitchen to the backyard, and of course the front door. Every door needs to be replaced, and the slider and front door have recently been replaced.  Since we rarely use the door in the garage, we decided to replace the door from the mudroom to the backyard.  The door was so old, had the worst insulation, and was rotting. David replaced it and put in new insulation and it already looks 80% better.  We still don’t have the handle installed, and it’s not painted yet, but I am relieved that it fit and wasn’t too hard to install.Now if only the rest of this mud room could get finished…

Front Door

Our old front door might not have been ugly, but it wasn’t our taste, and it definitely wasn’t the look we were going for in this house.  Home Depot was having a little sale, so we decided to pull the trigger and replace the door. The installers told us that it would be a 5-6 hour process and we had to be home 100% of the time, oh, and they don’t do weekends.  This is pretty much impossible for any household I assume.  I had to take the boys to school and pick them up, and even though that wouldn’t take long, I still wasn’t allowed to leave the house.  David had to work from home that day to make the door installation doable.  It ended up taking less than 6 hours to install, and I couldn’t be happier with how it looks.  The door isn’t painted yet because we wanted to wait until we know what color we are painting the house, but the primer (white) actually works with our current house color, so we will leave it for now.