Tuesday, July 31, 2012

the one making a private deck

One of our first priorities when moving into our new house was wanting to make our back deck a little more secluded and private. There's a gap in our trees by our deck and so we can see and hear cars pretty easily when we sat back there. It's a beautiful new deck so we wanted to make the most of it!

We had thought of a couple ways to do this - all ranging in price. Our first idea: some lattice & with vines growing up. Kinda like so:

Source: bhg.com via Natalie on Pinterest

I didn't ever love this idea because I thought the top would look awkward just ending all of a sudden, and I just worried it would look cheap, compared to our nice new deck. I also really liked the idea of having a partially covered deck, so I could sit outside in the rain :)

Of course a great option would be a screened-in porch. Beautiful....but wayyyyyy more expensive :)

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My next idea was some sort of gazebo/tent...you can buy these for around $100 at Home Depot and Lowe's...and they're on sale right now at the end of the summer.

Source: bhg.com via Nicole on Pinterest

I loved the covered top & the price, but I didn't know if the point in the middle would look strange and out of place, being so different from our roof line. I also thought it would be too cheap-looking and would get worn out quickly.

So we ended up thinking that a pergola would be our ideal solution. Something like this...

Lo and behold...these puppies were over $1k easy...which was slightly  out of our price range (seeing as how we JUST bought a house :) ). We were ready to buy a cheap gazebo/tent for the temporary and just save up long term for a nicer pergola...when we stumbled upon this beauty ON SALE at Sears when we were buying our grill a couple weeks ago!

It was marked down at Sears to just over $300 (end of the summer - woo hoo!)... but  it was still a little higher than what we wanted to pay. We weren't quite ready to pull the trigger and we were worried it would look too cheap and be a more expensive short term solution. 

Later that week, Rob found it on even more sale online (!) so we decided to pull the trigger and just try it. We got it in a dark brown/bronze color.

Sarah came over two weeks ago on a Saturday morning and helped us assemble it... Here it is!

(Please excuse my bad quality iPhone pictures!) We decided to pull it all the way down on one side, since that was the side we were trying to make more private. It totally blocks our view of cars! It's so awesome!

We set up the chiminea one night at the edge of the pergola (don't worry - it's not underneath it at all...totally safe :) ). It was so so awesome to sit under the covering and watch the fire. It was even MORE awesome when the rain came and we could still sit (dry!) and enjoy the storm! Such a blessing!

While we were waiting for our fancy shmancy porch lights...we rigged up some Christmas lights :)

Then a couple days ago, we got my pretty lights!! I ordered them online from Target (cheaper + free shipping!) and I L.O.V.E. them! Rob strung them up for me...I'm one lucky girl :)

I'm loving it more and more each day - it's so so functional and beautiful. Eventually, we plan to add an outdoor rug, a table + chairs (basically an outdoor dining area), and CURTAINS! I'm so excited about the curtains :) So thankful for a place to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful summer nights!

1 comment :

  1. Oh, I love it!!! We want to do something to our back porch and this gives me some great ideas.
    Did I see that your temporary Christmas lights were white? Was there a debate on it? ;)


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