Shawn and I love to have people over and throw parties! Well…probably more me than Shawn on the throwing parties side but he’s a good sport!  Because the beautiful summers in Denver never seem long enough, we try to use our patio as much as we can!  Typical summer weeks include BBQing, having a glass of wine after a long day around our fire pit, and playing fetch with Jordan.

When we moved in a year ago, our yard needed some TLC.  The fence stain was chipping and the landscape hadn’t had much attention. The picture below is a shot I took on the day we put an offer on the house…

Backyard before pic

This summer, after a full year in the house, we finally got around to having the fence re-stained and spent some quality time on the yard.   While power washing and staining fences is a very doable DIY task, neither Shawn or I had the time this summer between work and traveling to do it ourselves.

We received quotes from multiple vendors and finally hired a company to help. After some headaches and delays (i.e.  the company accidentally stained some random house in our neighborhood which delayed us a week, they stained our fence the wrong color, and charged us more than we were quoted for a “portion of the yard they hadn’t accounted for in the front”), the project finished in about two weeks.   (If you decide to DIY, the project should typically only require 3 days or so, weather permitting.) But regardless, the fence is repaired and it much more pleasing to look at!

Backyard side pic

In addition to having the fence stained, we spruced up the patio by adding an area rug, planters, and tiki torches (which give off great light during the evenings), as well as re-planting the flower beds.

Now this is where we are…

Backyard after

Another shot from the opposite corner of the yard with the fence and flower bed (more progress needed on the flower beds though!)

corner after

The tin lanterns on the table were items I scored on sale at Target this summer! I love lanterns because you can make them work for multiple seasons (think ball ornaments at Christmas time, seashells for a bridal shower, etc.).  For now, I’ve filled them with two red candles and some wine corks.

Backyard wine cork

We also added a concrete pathway (more on that here – add link) to the side of the house.  We have high hopes to add river rock, some shrubs, and pathway lighting to this area soon.concrete

 

Talk about a WAY better way to get the lawn mower to the backyard! :)

While we have to still have lots of yard work to do, we are happy with the progress we made this summer.

And of course the most important aspect of our patio is getting to enjoy fun times like our 4th of July fish fry with great friends!

4th of July Fish Fry with our friends!

Of course it decided to rain….guess that’s what memories are for! :)

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