Backyard Plans

outdoor pineapple mat


I am not going to sugar coat this – our backyard is a disaster (as is most of the house). But the backyard is really bad. To be honest, we have been focusing so much on the inside, we just haven’t had time to pay much attention to the outside.


We spend a lot of time outside during the spring / summer / fall. The boys love to play in the backyard, the hubs loves to grill, I love to hang out. So our outdoor space is really important to us. Right now, we aren’t focusing on the landscaping. We are trying to get the outdoor “living” space together so we can enjoy the summer.


Right now, we have a little overhang when you come out our back door. Then you step up and on to a wood deck (that is a weird reddish maroon color). There are 3 steps which leads to a large deck.


Here is it now:




I hate that you step down out the back door and then step back up onto the wood deck. That is going away.



Yes, that is a John Deere tractor in the corner…






Our goal is to build a screened in porch when you come out the door, then have a door that leads to the stairs to the deck (which will have to be rebuilt and pushed back some). I wanted to take out the trees, but the hubs was really against that.


This is terrible but kind of like this:

backyard plan


A little inspiration:




We have a lot of outdoor furniture – a long table,which will go on the screened in porch, a circular table that will go on the deck, and a swing, which will also go on the deck. We also have a really cute stand up bar + bar stools that matches the long table, and that will go in the screened in porch. Most of our outdoor furniture came from Target. To be honest, I designed the outdoor space to work with our furniture.


We don’t have a ton of room to add more furniture, but I would love to add a little bench or couch on the screened in porch if we have room.


For the furniture:


Table / Bar / Umbrella / Door Mat / Rug / Love Seat / Pillow

I just bought the Door Mat, and I can’t wait to put it down when we finish construction!

I had a really hard time figuring out what do to outside. This has been the hardest thing for me, unless you count our bathroom which I still haven’t figure out what to do in there. I have said it before, I am terrible with this kind of thing. But I knew that I wanted a screened in porch connected to the house (the hubs kept trying to put it in the middle of the yard), and I knew I also wanted a deck that wasn’t screened in.

We are going to be pouring concrete for right outside the backdoor and for the whole screened in porch. I would love to put a super cute outdoor rug down, but I don’t know if that would be possible. I did see this on pinterest and it might be a better option (it is a stencil)



So those are our not so concrete plans. The hubs understands more about what we are doing than I do (which is good since he is doing the implementing), He started pulling up the bottom decking this past weekend (actually right after I took these pictures). It is going to be quite a process. But I am anxious to get it done!


  1. says

    I think outdoor spaces are the HARDEST. I have a decent-sized balcony at my apartment. I’ve been looking at patio furniture for weeks and do I have any yet? No. Because I can’t make up my mind.

    I can’t wait to see the finished product!

  2. says

    Oh, I love your idea for this space! I agree- the stepping down only to step back UP is dumb. I cannot wait to see the finished product- and let me know if you need flower rec’s- you know me and my green thumb. :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  3. says

    It is going to be gorgeous!! I have to tell you, your backyard, even in it’s current state is wayyyyy better than mine! We literally have a stoop off our back door, that’s it! I need to do a little work myself!

    Pumps and Push-Ups

  4. says

    Great idea! I miss an outdoor space! Living in a small apartment now! Thinking about a change! Waiting for results! Keep us update!

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