Allie Rhodes Outdoor September 04th, 2018 - 08:26:03
Outdoor patio in order just a few weeks ago. It was characterless, lacked function and color and style. What I did like about this space originally was that it had a great foundation with new interlocking and already a fence in place. What I didn't like was that there was really nowhere to dine. There were no trees, no color, and I just wanted to inject a little bit of personality and function into the space when it came to the layout.
It was a really small space, so there are a few things I had to take into consideration, namely I had a barbecue and I had an air conditioning unit that was definitely staying where it was once I had my layout in place. It was a little bit of work, but it definitely all came together really well. I started this project by tackling the need for a little bit of architectural interest. I created a lattice panel and also a cover for the a/c unit. I then painted it on the premium outdoor stain. I chose a really nice dark blue, which I think ties in really nicely with the greenery.
The latticework beside the house actually hides the basement window, which I didn't want to see from the patio, and I decided to paint the lattice divider to create a focal point and tie into the lattice panel. The existing fence I kept in a natural wood because I liked the look of the natural wood and I thought it would be too dark. If I painted at all the ink black the thing about lattice, is that it's a really inexpensive option, but it's definitely tricky to paint, so I would suggest using one of those small pine less.
I actually decided to build a bench myself for this space. It also acts as storage. I like the fact that I elongated it a little bit and it's really big, so it also acts as a lounging area. It's great because I can use it to sit back and read, but it's also at the right height to be used at the dining table. This dining set is from its great value and I absolutely love how sleek and contemporary it is. There's a glass top black frame and the chairs just tuck in really nicely previously there's a two-person bistro table here, which was incredibly inefficient.
I wanted to be able to have a full dining set, so this is great because I can easily have six people sitting down to dinner here. As a backdrop to the dining, I decided to use a wall of cedars which are a great low-maintenance inexpensive option. All of these plants are from PC, lawn and garden, so they're really affordable. The one area in this back patio I splurged on is the cushions and fabric.