One Room Challenge – Week 2 – Patio and Fire Pit Area
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.
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
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).
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!
Denise and Sean