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Elements of our backyard studio build

3687648592_6f005f2e9e_o-1The reveal of our garden makeover was shown here, as an added bonus to the reveal of our furniture from Lowe’s. But what I really want to address is the amount of detail that we really put into this project. So backtracking to the beginning, the project started because we were in desperate need of more space. Space for me to do photoshoots, space for some storage and, space for entertaining. We turned our attention to the garden, where we had space in which we could build a new structure. In November 2014 I wrote this post that showed some inspiration.
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In Renovations

The perfect colour for privacy screens…

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I’m going to show you in the upcoming weeks the reveal of the back studio / garage build (the exterior of it at least). It was a big project and we’re still working on minor additions to the exterior. Part of the exterior was building a semi privacy screen much like we have elsewhere in the garden. But I’ve started to think we need to paint or, do a dark stain. I drive by this house often in our neighbourhood and LOVE the colour of the lattice. I almost knocked on their door to ask what colour it was, and if they didn’t know, I was going to be prepared with my paint decks, ready to colour match. It’s the perfect colour for a fence. Not too light, not overly dark. Kind of has some green undertones, which is perfect when you have trees. I decided to post it to my facebook wall. Continue Reading →

In Garden/ Renovations

Designing a Back Deck

Here is the view from the garden, looking back at our house. I hate, hate it. But we’ve left it to be one of the last renovations as it’s the least necessary in order for us to live comfortably. Over the last 8 years of living here though, the deck has worn away and is evidently becoming a priority for a few reasons (safety is number one – but the second reason may be because of my sheer hate of this part of our house)

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Eventual Plan
The eventual plan would be to take down the deck and make it span the full width of our house.  It currently doesn’t span the width of the house presumably to allow for the entrance to the basement (you can see it in the bottom left of the house). We don’t use this entrance as it goes into a short awkward storage room and as it is – the door is blocked on the inside with shelving. So it’s a unusable door and, we get more use out of that room being storage (accessed from inside) than we would get via having a basement entrance.  The plan that I have would be to just build the deck straight across so it closes off that door. The dinner table conversations about it, Aubrey thinks it’s a selling feature to have access to the basement but from my perspective – we aren’t likely going to be in a position to lower the back room (financial) and I’d rather have a bigger back deck for our family than a possible selling feature for when we plan to sell. (Which isn’t even on our radar. We’re not moving. I love our house)

So here is what I don’t like about this current deck
– Too small of a landing to really properly use it as we would like to (eating at a table in the summer)
– It’s rotting. And gives you splinters if you even look at it.
– It’s super high. Which we can’t fix, but we could potentially do a few “levels” so it’s not such a straight up and down staircase.

Rotting Back Deck

Rotting Back Deck

What we need to figure out 
– Design (I think I need to get someone to help me out with this design as it likely would be multilayer)
– Materials (Lumber or Composite?)
– Cost (The material and complexity would change this)

Some Design Ideas
Here are some images that I’ve saved that are inspirational but none are really 100% what I’d like to do. Or I should say, not one is 100% of what we could do.  It’s weird space and I really don’t want a straight down staircase into the garden, instead I’d like wide open stairs that could be used as seating in our outdoor parties, and be more welcoming.

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via Decks.com

Or how about these by Platform Studios. Look at the multi levels and how they incorporate concrete (love!) and greenery on the deck.

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Platform Design Studio

Platform Design Studio

While we’re on the topic of the back of our house, the “jackpot” wish would be to either paint out the siding on the back of the house or, do a new siding in a stone veneer or, B board for more of a beachy look.  But the deck itself is the main priority and I think we could do the revamp in stages (as in, we don’t have to do both at the same time, in order to do either properly)

Pinterest boards you may like that I’ve been compiling ideas in / Composite Decks , Deck Design 

In Renovations

Garage Build, Painting our exterior doors

I’m back from lovely Mexico! More on that later. For now here’s an update on our garage…

We got our doors and I proceeded to paint with my paint sprayer, in this paint that Aubrey picked up – recommended to him for exterior doors. 

I spent a TON of time prepping and then got to work spraying. 

Looking good right? 

No. Not looking good. When I went to peel off the painters tape, the paint started pulling off in sheets!

This is when started cursing. And texting angry things to Aubrey about how I hated the door. 

I sanded and peeled the door and right before leaving for Mexico I primed it prepping for a second paint attempt. But this time NOT black. When I stared at the doors, in all their peeling glory – black was too harsh of a colour to go with. So it’s back to the drawing board. 

Im not sure why the doors peeled. The paint was paint + primer in one – which is never my favourite but I thought I’d give it a go. Fingers crossed the next attempt works out better.