OUR BACKYARD PATIO MAKEOVER REVEAL : PART TWO

It’s amazing how the little details can finish off any space. Sometimes just changing or adding the smallest things can elevate the look of something so much, and you wonder why you waited so long to do it! This past June, we shared our patio makeover that completely transformed the way we use our yard (see it here)..today I’m sharing Part 2 of our backyard makeover reveal. When I first shared this space, I talked about our new deck, and that we’d be staining it grey and featuring it as part of this second reveal. Sometimes, things just don’t go as planned…our Summer has been a very cool and rainy one, leaving no time for the new wood to dry, and even less time to stain it. So today I’m focusing on our new shutters and window boxes that we added. Have a look and tell me what you think in the comments below, I always love to hear from you!Home exterior with grey siding and roof, black shutters and window boxes, and backyard patio featuring 3 entertaining zones - lounge, dining and conversation.Taking a look at the back of our home (it’s not completely visible in these photos), you can see that it’s fairly simple, with limited detailing. Much less than that on the front of our home, which has a mix of siding and stone as well as darker grey tones in the peaks, and black shutters on the windows.
Home exterior with grey siding and roof, black shutters and window boxes, and backyard patio featuring 3 entertaining zones - lounge, dining and conversation.Sometimes when you build a home, there are so many things happening at once, and so many details you need to cover, that certain things get overlooked. That’s what happened here…choosing all of the finishing details like shutters and window trim, you tend to figure they’ll be applied to all of the windows.
Home exterior with grey siding and roof, black shutters and window boxes, and backyard patio featuring 3 entertaining zones - lounge, dining and conversation.We were a little surprised to find out after the exterior had been finished, that the back and sides of the house didn’t include small details like thicker white trim around the windows (which was an upgrade we missed!), leaving it somewhat plain and lacklustre. So, now that we’re finally focusing on this space, we set out to build and add shutters and window boxes to the two rear windows that face the back directly, as well as the windows on the side of the house, and back bedroom windows (those are to come a little later). In the below images, you can get a glimpse of what the windows looked like beforehand, when we first revealed our patio. Backyard patio with dining and conversation areas - blue and white striped outdoor rugs and accents bring an indoor look outdoors.We love it out here so much, and have spent as much time as possible out here this Summer. Living in a northern climate, our days spent outdoors are limited, so we try to soak it all in as much as possible! You can see one of my favorite entertaining posts in this space here.Backyard patio with dining and lounge areas - blue and white striped outdoor rugs and accents bring an indoor look outdoors.And here it is with the shutters and window boxes we built. The difference is pretty amazing. We made these ourselves, using cedar planks with applied molding to create the panelling. The boxes are very simple boxes, also with trim added to the top and bottom for some added character. Home exterior with grey siding and roof, black shutters and window boxes, and backyard patio featuring 3 entertaining zones - lounge, dining and conversation.We made them in the same style as the shutters on the front facade, and the boxes are a clean and simple design.DIY black shutters and window boxes add character to this window.We painted them using Canadian Tire Premier Exterior paint in midnight, in a semi-gloss finish.DIY black shutters and window boxes add character to this window.

GET THE LOOK OF OUR PATIO :

Here’s a look at the front of our home, you can see that our shutters here need a fresh coat of paint too…add that to the list for next year ;)East coast style home featuring overscale black pendant porch light - Crestwood pendant by Progress Lighting - black front door, black shutters and two-tone grey siding and stone. East coast style home featuring overscale black pendant porch light - Crestwood pendant by Progress Lighting - black front door, black shutters and two-tone grey siding and stone.We also plan to add window boxes on the kids’ bedrooms (on the far left side of the house), as well as the far right garage window. It’s going to make a big difference on the exterior of our home, and I can’t wait to get it all done! I know you may think the way it looks is fine already – and don’t get me wrong, we love it, but these small details will bring a lot of added character!East coast style home featuring overscale black pendant porch light - Crestwood pendant by Progress Lighting - black front door, black shutters and two-tone grey siding and stone.I realize we’re very fortunate, since we do so much of the work ourselves in our home, and that it’s a little easier for us than many people. My hubby can build a lot of things and he’s pretty good at it, I’m good at dreaming up the vision ;) I can tell you though, it’s been many years of trial and error when it comes to taking on projects like this. A lot of learning and making mistakes along the way!East coast style home featuring overscale black pendant porch light - Crestwood pendant by Progress Lighting - black front door, black shutters and two-tone grey siding and stone.Try to imagine if you can, the two left windows and the far right window – all which have only siding and no stone – will have the added window boxes by next Summer, or later this Fall if I can get my way! East coast style home featuring overscale black pendant porch light - Crestwood pendant by Progress Lighting - black front door, black shutters and two-tone grey siding and stone. East coast style home featuring overscale black pendant porch light - Crestwood pendant by Progress Lighting - black front door, black shutters and two-tone grey siding and stone.It will add even more character and detail to our home, and help elevate the overall finished look. Plus, my sad hydrangeas won’t be so lonely looking anymore…gardening is really not my thing if you hadn’t noticed! I like to plant, leave it, and hope that it survives!East coast style home featuring overscale black pendant porch light - Crestwood pendant by Progress Lighting - black front door, black shutters and two-tone grey siding and stone.

GET THE LOOK OF OUR FRONT PORCH :

On this side of the patio, we want to eventually add another deck, excatly the same as the one we built this year on the opposite side.The stairs and deck will all be stained a medium grey, with white risers…and we’re also doing the same on the side entrance of our home…there are still a lot of those finishing details we need get to, and when it’s all finished next year (or sooner!), I’ll be sharing it here with you! Rome wasn’t built in a day, right?! Home exterior with grey siding and roof, black shutters and window boxes, and backyard patio featuring 3 entertaining zones - lounge, dining and conversation.I hope you enjoyed these updates and I can’t wait to come back and share the rest with you! xo

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13 Comments on OUR BACKYARD PATIO MAKEOVER REVEAL : PART TWO

  1. Neil
    August 26, 2017 at 11:13 AM (1 month ago)

    Looks awesome! Can’t wait to have it all done so we can just chill and enjoy it.

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    • tamaraanka
      August 27, 2017 at 8:13 AM (4 weeks ago)

      I’m happy you like it, actually I know you love it haha! We’re almost there!! xoxo

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  2. Elizabeth Anne
    August 26, 2017 at 12:14 PM (1 month ago)

    Fantastic, Beautifully Done and Inviting!!

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    • tamaraanka
      August 27, 2017 at 8:12 AM (4 weeks ago)

      Thank you Elizabeth! I’m thrilled that you like it all!

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  3. Sherry M
    August 26, 2017 at 2:30 PM (1 month ago)

    Love the look. Your home is inviting inside and out! Lovely!

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    • tamaraanka
      August 27, 2017 at 8:12 AM (4 weeks ago)

      Thank you so much Sherry! I’m so happy you like it and always so happy to hear from everyone! Thanks for stopping in to say hi!

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  4. Diane
    August 26, 2017 at 2:49 PM (1 month ago)

    Tamara, your house feels right and is pleasant to look at. I like how you added the window trim and shutters. It’s even more special than custom because you envisioned it and did it!!

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    • tamaraanka
      August 27, 2017 at 8:11 AM (4 weeks ago)

      Thank you so much Diane! I really appreciate your kind words – that means a lot to me! WE still have many things we’d like to do to finish our home, it’s a work in progress and sometimes takes years to finish! So happy you like the windows…can’t wait to do them all! xo

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  5. Lisa
    August 27, 2017 at 9:26 AM (4 weeks ago)

    I love the black shutters and your window boxes! It’s amazing how details take the design from great to fantastic! The added greenery layers such beautiful texture too! Your home so gorgeous, Tamara!

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    • tamaraanka
      August 27, 2017 at 11:48 AM (4 weeks ago)

      Lisa thank you so much!! It’s amazing what a difference the small things will make and I’m so glad you agree and that you like it! I can’t wait to get them done for the front! Thank you for your kind words, always!! xo

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  6. Bree
    August 27, 2017 at 2:12 PM (4 weeks ago)

    Tam, it’s beautiful! I love what you’ve done to finish this space off with the shutters and window boxes!! You and your hubby are so talented and I know you will thoroughly enjoy this space for years to come now!! xoxo

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    • tamaraanka
      August 27, 2017 at 3:11 PM (4 weeks ago)

      Bree you are so awesome my friend!! Thank you so much! It really makes such a big difference, I can’t believe we waited so long! I love that you love it !! Love you! xo

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  7. Joy Hancock
    September 10, 2017 at 10:40 AM (2 weeks ago)

    I love the stone on your house. What kind of material is it? Is it real stone or faux? It’s just beautiful! We are building a house and I’d love to incorporate it in the front of my home.

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