Our back patio makeover is finally DONE!!! We took down a deck, added a brick & flagstone patio, built a retaining wall, landscaped, added a wooden arbor & turned this once unusable deck outdoor space into a backyard patio oasis.
Sharing this incredible DIY before & after patio makeover on a budget with pictures!
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Beautiful Back Patio Makeover – Final Reveal
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Our Plan for our Backyard Patio Makeover
Taking down an old Deck (see it HERE)
We took down our previously awkward deck that had zero shade, a groundhog living under it & a hot tub centered in the middle of it.
Adding a Reclaimed Brick Patio (see it Here)
Our previous deck was built on top of a brick patio. We saved the reclaimed brick & used it to create a new brick patio.
Building a Wood Retaining Wall (see it HERE)
We built a pressure treated wood retaining wall to hold back the dirt & create a sunken patio.
Moving the Hot Tub from the Center of the Patio (see it HERE)
We moved our hot tub from the center of our former deck off to the side of our new patio.
Adding a Flagstone Patio (see it HERE)
We reused Flagstone to create a small Patio outside of our family room sliding doors.
Landscaping around our Sunken Brick Patio Garden (see it HERE)
We added a white Patio Garden around our sunken brick patio.
Building a Wooden Garden Arbor (see it HERE)
We built a wooden garden arbor to the entrance to our flagstone patio.
Spray Painted Wrought Iron Furniture Makeover (see it HERE)
We transformed a vintage wrought iron patio set with spray paint for just $50.
Tour our Back Patio Makeover
I am going to let the pictures speak for themselves rather than writing too much about it. As you saw from the before pic we had our work cut out for us!!!
We have tried to spend every second that we can enjoying this new backyard patio.
Whether drinking a glass of wine or cup of coffee, having an alfresco dinner with friends & family, reading & looking through gardening, design books & magazines or spending time in our hot tub & enjoying s’mores from our new fire pit.
Cost of Back Patio Makeover
In total this project cost us less than $1500 for supplies which is not inexpensive.
However, without all the blood, sweat & tears we put into this outdoor DIY project it would have cost A WHOLE LOT MORE.
As per usual we still want to do a few more things like our fix our rundown garden shed but for now we are determined to RELAX & enjoy this new back patio makeover. 🙂
Source List for Backyard Patio Makeover
- Wood Patio Furniture from Restoration Hardware found on Craigslist (you can read my tips here)
- Vintage Wrought Iron Patio Set (read how we refinished it here)
- Striped Sofa Pillow (World Market)
- 2 Patterned Outdoor Pillows (Pottery Barn)
- Veggie Basket (Longaberger)
- Concrete Succulent Garden (read how I made that here)
- Sofa Throw (Ikea)
Thanks so much for taking the time to check out our backyard patio makeover! I hope this inspires you to make a special backyard spot of your own.
by Tara Lehman
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Wow, you should be proud, it is fabulous. I love how it fits so perfectly with the rest of your yard. You have it styled so beautifully too, I would definitely just live out there. Gorgeous.
Thank you so much Marty! We couldn’t be more excited with how are backyard patio turned out and hope to spend most of our summer enjoying it :).
Wow that is a lot of work you put into it Tara! But it is so worth it in the end. It looks great and now you can kick back and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
Thanks you so much Mary! We are so excited with how our backyard patio turned out and hope to spend as much time out there as we can :).
Tara, it is quite lovely! I adore the brick patio. Hope you’re able to enjoy it to the hilt this summer and fall! xo
Thank you so much Christi! We are definitely trying to spend as much time as we can enjoying our new patio 🙂
Tara! This space is beautiful – you should be so proud of yourselves! Time to sit back, relax and take it all in 🙂
Thanks so much Kelly! We are definitely ready to put our feet up and enjoy our new back patio 🙂
Tara, it is awesome! Your family did such a great job working together! xo
Thank you so much Susan! We are really excited with how our back patio turned out!
What did you use to patch the grass? I know it is a Scott’s product I cannot find the post.
Thanks so much for stopping by Nancy! We haven’t used any Scott’s product in this house to patch our grass so I am not sure what post you are asking about.
Hi Tara, I just came across your patio makeover post from 2017. It looks so great! I will check out your other posts to see if any updates have been made. But I have a question. Do you remember where your black fire pit/fireplace/chimnea thingy came from? I have been on the search the past 2 seasons but am not finding one I love, until I saw yours!!! The size and style are perfect.
Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my patio makeover Crissy! Believe or not we found our fire pit in trash so I am sorry I don’t know where it is originally from.