One Room Challenge – Week 6 Patio Reveal
Week 6 We made it! The final reveal of our patio is here! Admittedly, there were a few things we didn’t get done but we are super excited to have a patio, outdoor bar and breakfast nook #mimosasinthemorning What do you think??
See the before: One Room Challenge Week 1 Spring 2019
What we did:
Cleared and leveled area for patio
Built tiers to work with topography and define areas
Laid pavers for patio and nook
Re-finished arbour for entryway
Modified a shed into bar
Painted table and chair set for nook
Added a lights, planters, pillows, blankets, seating, fire table
Planted edible and ornamental plants
Things we Didn’t Complete:
Kid’s play area
Pallet love seat
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of this Project:
Good: We accomplished a lot in 6 weeks! This project has been the easiest to work on together. We communicated and worked really well together to get as much of our plan accomplished as possible in the time frame. We were also able to adjust our vision and shorten our to do list as we neared the end (without getting upset). Really, it’s a pretty short list of things that didn’t get done and are fun projects that won’t take a lot of time.
Bad: we didn’t get everything done we wanted. Even though we know how to make a realistic reno to-do list, we got caught up in the excitement of the One Room Challenge and were over ambitious for the amount of time we had. We are also still adjusting to life with a Little and can’t put in as many work hours in as we used to be able to. Additionally, we hadn’t planned this project into our budget but were still able to use some of these ways to save money on backyard projects.
Ugly: The stomach flu that took us out for a full weekend. It was gruesome.
How Our Plans Changed
The flu that hit us really put us behind. This left us scrambling to get the pavers cut and in place while trying to finish everything else. Initially, we though we would just skip cutting pavers and fill with gravel. This may have worked around the edges but definitely not by the steps. We wanted to make sure there was a full paver people would step onto from the bar so cutting was a must with our layout. Little did we know the saw we thought we would be renting wasn’t available at the location that was open on Saturday. At least Sean was happy using this monster (once we got it started).
One of the things I am disappointed with is the look of the doors when the shed is open. Originally, we had planned to paint them. We didn’t realize how many bumps there were so opted to save ourselves the hassle and not risk it coming out terribly. I did pick up some stick on faux boards that will hopefully spruce the inside up buthaven’t had a chance to try it out yet.
Our Favourite Parts:
Both of us are looking forward to relaxing by the fire together in the evenings once our Little is in bed, as well as having friends over for some bevvies. Sean’s favourite place is the seated area around the fire pit. It’s a comfy and welcoming spot for people to gather and connect.
My favourite place is the bar. With a spot for our updated cooler, slots of bottles and storage for necessities like sunscreen, bug repellent, blankets, bottle opener and galvanized pail (dollar store score!) for empties, it’s a party in a, well, shed. I can’t wait to try it out with our friends and family! (see the updated, pretty version here).
What We Learned:
We can accomplish a lot in a little amount of time when we are challenged. We also have an amazing support team that helped us get this done. Lastly, we have learned a lot from working on past projects that we were able to utilize here. Of course, knowing how to do the work allowed us to spend time doing instead of learning. Mostly, though, our experience in renovating and how to do-it-together kept us productive with very few clashes.
Last but not least, there’s no way we would have gotten this done by now if it weren’t for taking part in the Spring 2019 One Room Challenge. Knowing others were also pushing to finish their projects in time really helped us stay focused and dig deep to get our project done. Be sure to check out the final reveals of the featured designers and other guest participants!
Denise and Sean
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