Outdoor Space Renovation

You may recall that one of my core values is outdoor seating. This definitely came into play when we were house hunting back in 2012 and also when it came time to prioritize house projects.  Since closing on our dream home-to-be two years ago, we’ve dedicated a lot of time, elbow grease, sweat, and dirt (lots of dirt) to making over the backyard.  And now it’s finally at a point where we can just live and enjoy our outdoor space! No more rotting  wood, “Descend at Your Own Risk” signs, temporary fences, leaky ceilings, plywood safety barriers, or dimly lit pathways.

For the final part of our outdoor space renovation, we forwent the DIY route and hired a construction company to demolish and rebuild our mudroom. The company also put up safety rails for the back steps and around the basement stairwell.

The photo on the left was taken in January or February of 2013 around the time that we were moving in. On the right is our finished product!
The photo on the left was taken in January or February of 2013 around the time that we were moving in. On the right is our finished product!
In the spring of 2013, we got around to installing new locks. The photo on the left is the only proof I have of the interior of our former mudroom. On the right is our sparkling new mudroom! (I don't even want to get mud in it!)
The photo on the left, taken in the spring of 2013, is the only proof I have of the interior of our former mudroom. On the right is our sparkling new mudroom! (I don’t even want to get mud in it!)
The left photo is present day. The top right photo was taken on a Saturday morning in February 2014. The bottom right photo was taken the next day.
The left photo is from February 2015. The top right photo was taken on a Saturday morning in February 2014. The bottom right photo was taken the next day.
After we finished the patio in June 2014, I took the photo on the left. The one on the right is the finished product...missing some green, but that will come soon enough!
After we finished the patio in June 2014, I took the photo on the left. The one on the right is the finished product…missing some green, but that will come soon enough!
Another before and after between spring 2014 and winter 2015!
Another before and after between spring 2014 and winter 2015!
No more rigging up safety barriers for the entrance to the basement. Now toddlers, drunk people, the elderly, and perfectly healthy adults won't risk their lives while on our premises.
No more rigging up safety barriers for the entrance to the basement. Now toddlers, drunk people, the elderly, and perfectly healthy adults won’t risk their lives while on our premises.

The only thing we need now is consistent springlike weather!