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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 Updates

front landscaping



Our front porch planters that I’ve blogger about here and here didn’t make it through this season. So sad. 🙁 The metal rusted and dirt started spilling out the bottom earlier this week.  When I was at Lowes this week  I spotted these plastic planters that were gooooorgeous. They don’t look like plastic at all. They were $88 each – which depending on how you look at it could be ridiculously expensive, or, a great deal. As I told Aubrey – similar styled planters would run a few hundred at places like Restoration Hardware. Granted – you may be able to find less expensive ones elsewhere but I have yet to see any that looked this good and were of this quality for any less than what we spent.

In other landscaping news, I’ve put on hold my intentions to tear up my front lawn. Truthfully – I don’t really have it in me to do the labour, and I’m not overly confident that my initial design idea was right. I’m now considering maybe 1 tall tree and a boulder of some sort. But I think on the list of priorities this is pretty low.

And lastly – Our front deck needs replacing …. badly. As you can see above it is carpeted and also has no railings. It’s a bit of a safety concern for me with Oscar – as I worry he’ll fall off. But design wise, I think our home would look beautiful with a railing. It’s not a project that is totally in vain – the deck has developed some soft spots and does need addressing over the next year…

Anyhow, my real intention of this post was to rave about my new planters. 🙂 Have a great weekend – Sunday is my birthday. Wheeee!! 😉



In other news — thank you for “liking” me on facebook. I’ve also made my Instagram feed public which you may have noticed on the sidebar of my blog if you visit my actual blog to read my posts. I’m still trying to find balance with my concerns with over-sharing and on the other side of things – my love of technology and photography. So hopefully I’ll balance it well. xo