ORC Week 2: The (Muddy) Mess Before Success!

One Room Challenge – Week 2 – Patio and Fire Pit Area

Week 2 of the One Room Challenge for our patio fire pit has been full of planning and adjusting as we dig down to level the patio area and purchases have been made for decor, lighting and more. We are referring to this stage as the mess before success!

See where we began – One Room Challenge Week 1 Spring 2019

Week 2 has been a busy week of buying and figuring and digging and planning and plans changing and going nowhere fast. We’ve been here before, though: the mess before success! As we’ve started to work through the layout, budget and nuances of the materials, we are slowly but surely refining our vision.

Week 2 of the One Room Challenge for our patio fire pit has been full of planning and adjusting as we dig down to level the patio area and purchases have been made for decor, lighting and more. We are referring to this stage as the mess before success!
Can you decipher this plan??
What we accomplished this week:

Decided colour palette

Bought lights, planters, shed, pillows, fabric for blankets, decor, lanterns

Dug out re-bar and stump

Started leveling the area

Finalized the layout

Week 2 of the One Room Challenge for our patio fire pit has been full of planning and adjusting as we dig down to level the patio area and purchases have been made for decor, lighting and more. We are referring to this stage as the mess before success!

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly this Week:

Good: the spring sales and pillows inspiring our colour palette and the stump was fairly rotted so it was easy to break it up to below the level line.

Bad: the slope of the ground is greater than expected and we need to dig lower than expected. This is causing some issues with the roots of the trees we want to keep.

Ugly: the mud in the dug up area from the rain so we’re going to wait until it dries out a bit before we continue. We’re hoping the weather continues with good weather (although a little rain never hurt anyone).

Week 2 of the One Room Challenge for our patio fire pit has been full of planning and adjusting as we dig down to level the patio area and purchases have been made for decor, lighting and more. We are referring to this stage as the mess before success!

Working within the space and budget

The area we are working in has some mature tress that we are trying to keep. They are beautiful in the summer and provide shade for the patio area we are creating. Unfortunately, the roots are dictating our layout more than anticipated due to the slope of the ground. Fortunately, this is cutting down on the area that needs to be leveled and covered with something (pavers or gravel) which is helping the budget immensely! The other thing helping our budget is the great spring sales that have been happening! They aren’t quite as good as end of season sales BUT we’re getting a lot of what we want/need, when we want/need it – at a reduced price.

This week we are focusing on getting the shed together, finishing leveling the area mapping out the border and deciding on and ordering the ground cover.

Don’t forget to check out the featured designers and other guest participants of the Spring 2019 One Room Challenge!

Cheers,

Denise and Sean

Week 2 of the One Room Challenge for our patio fire pit has been full of planning and adjusting as we dig down to level the patio area and purchases have been made for decor, lighting and more. We are referring to this stage as the mess before success!

Week 2 of the One Room Challenge for our patio fire pit has been full of planning and adjusting as we dig down to level the patio area and purchases have been made for decor, lighting and more. We are referring to this stage as the mess before success!

2 Comments

    • Denise and Sean

      We’re looking forward to being done so we can enjoy it 🙂 Sean’s done most of the digging so far and seems to be holding up alright – the real grunt is going to be moving the gravel and 2×2 pavers into place :/

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