Patio Update

I’ve gotten lots of questions about sharing an updated patio post with you and I’m delivering today.  πŸ™‚

I scanned my blog and found a patio post from 2018 asking for your help for backyard ideas.  Remember this?
This was the backyard in 2018.  Our problem was the sun set in the backyard and during the summer months it was approximately 428 degrees under our little patio where we housed the grill, where people could sit, and even our table area was crazy hot.  Basically if you were outside in our backyard from 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from May to September you needed to be in the water.

I asked all kinds of questions about your thoughts and recommendations.  I had the Sun Shade guy come out to give us estimates two different times and it just didn’t feel right.

Tab and I are SLOW decision makers when it comes to all things related to our home so an entire year later we decided to have a covered patio built on the opposite side of the pool.  They started in June and weren’t finished until October {it took a REALLY long time}, but we’re so very happy with how it turned out.
I shared this picture from Mother’s Day and got lots of questions so I have a little patio tour for you. 

Our thought was if we had this built on the west side of our house, then it would get shade 24/7 and it would give the rest of our yard more shade.  This side of the pool had some landscaping but other than that it wasn’t really the part of the yard our kids were playing in.  So we had this built!  We just had to go with the space/size we had available based on HOA rules and such, but we loved the way it turned out.

We have a little sitting area with furniture near the fireplace and there’s also a television.  We moved our table over as well.  Then there’s a built-in grill area with two refrigerators and a little covered trash can.  If we were doing this again, we’d add an ice-maker.  A few people told me they were working on something similar in their backyard-that’s one thing we’d change if we had it to do over.

If you’d have asked me if we had a slope in our backyard before building this I’d have said, “No”, but look…we needed two steps to make it even with the pool.

I had a sweet, sweet friend help me with all lighting, fans, etc.

Since this space wasn’t really ready until October, I didn’t know how often we’d get to use it in the fall/winter.  But we use it ALL THE TIME!

We watched so many movies/football games all winter/fall long.  It’s our new favorite movie watching space.

Tab is still working on planting things, moving some landscaping around in the backyard.  And we’re still working on furniture, rug, etc.

This little spot under the big trees for the former owners kind of housed all the stuff they wanted to hide, but we lost the big tree right in the middle and discovered all the hidden stuff.  The area doesn’t get much sun throughout the day so grass has a really hard time growing.  Tab’s working on adding some flagstone this summer.

Check out my bar stool!  hahahaha!  I literally cannot get the other three put together.  I keep asking Tab and he just hasn’t gotten around to helping me with the others.  #itllhappen

A little blurry, but here’s a before/after…

 Just like all “adult” things now we need to do a little work on the pool and the decking, but that’ll have to wait to 2021 or 2022.  πŸ™‚

I’m noticing now that I should have washed off the floor before taking pictures.  All that stuff you see is just dirt/dust from the kids playing.  While I love the dark color {I think it looks good with our brick color, that’s the negative.}.

Tab sent me these pictures from his phone and the “befores” are all blurry.  But I wanted you to see the space before and then after…

And at Christmastime.  πŸ™‚ 

Hope you enjoyed a little tour of the new patio!


Follow me on Instagram

Leave a Comment


  1. 5.20.20
    Nina Newswanger said:

    Beautiful! You could get a small portable ice maker. Your friend Andrea from Momfessionals has or had one. I've been following all you ladies for years. πŸ’™

  2. 5.20.20
    ReachingBeyondMediocrity said:

    So cute! I love the Christmas tree addition!

  3. 5.20.20
    Laurie said:

    Looks absolutely gorgeous!!!

  4. 5.20.20
    Dustie Day said:

    Ahhhh it’s beautiful!!!!!

  5. 5.20.20
    Heaven's Roses said:

    That was a great decision to build. It will only add value to the home. I love the fireplace and tv lounging space. How perfect on a summer or fall night!

  6. 5.20.20
    Julie C. said:

    That is such a beautiful space!!!! That new patio & your pool make the PERFECT backyard oasis.

  7. 5.20.20
    Kelly Bonner said:

    I see someone already suggested it, but what about a portable ice maker. I believe you can buy them at Sams & of course Amazon

  8. 5.20.20
    Sara said:

    A beautiful space. Fantastic job! In our previous house, we had a west facing backyard, too. We only referred to it as the surface of the sun!

  9. 5.20.20
    Cheri said:

    You did a great job. We have a large enclosed patio with the house we just bought but I don't think hubby wants to build a fireplace (I would love one). You really planned your design out well.

  10. 5.20.20
    Jennifer White said:

    This space is so pretty! What a transformation!

  11. 5.20.20
    Rightupmyaliway said:

    Wow! It looks great! I'm so thankful you shared with us, as we are in the beginning stages of doing this! Have a wonderful day!! πŸ™‚

  12. 5.20.20
    Jessamyn said:

    It looks awesome! And so functional for your family. πŸ™‚

  13. 5.20.20
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    Erika! It's AMAZING! I'm always floored how spaces like this look BIGGER when structures get added, but your yard looks SO MUCH BIGGER! Well done, it's absolutely beautiful!

  14. 5.20.20
    Kathy Lang said:

    Looks beautiful! I think the design is perfect. I would love to have a backyard like this someday. πŸ™‚

  15. 5.20.20
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    ERIKA! You know I'm obsessed with it! The Shull Fam LOVES sitting on your new patio and doing life with you guys. My favorite part? THE CEILING!! It's absolutely perfect!!!

  16. 5.20.20
    Laura said:

    Beautiful! Good for you guys.

  17. 5.20.20
    kmmelhorn said:

    What a transformation! It is like a vacation in your own back yard! Well done! Thanks for sharing.

  18. 5.20.20
    Andrea - Momfessionals said:

    ERIKA!!!! It looks AMAZING!!! Perfect use of the space and such a great addition as your kids get older. OBSESSED!!!

  19. 5.20.20
    Becky Cowen said:


  20. 5.20.20
    Tracy said:

    Wow! Wow! Wow! What a great space! Get one of these counter top ice machines that makes that great "Sonic-style" ice.

  21. 5.20.20
    Elspeth Mizner said:

    What a transformation. It is incredible, I'm sure you are outside and so much more comfortable. I love it!!! Simply beautiful.

  22. 5.20.20
    Emily said:

    Wow Erika, that looks amazing!!!

  23. 5.20.20
    Taylor said:

    Oh my gosh I love it! And it's so beautiful all decorated for Christmas!

  24. 5.20.20
    Julie Bradford said:

    absolutely beautiful!!! I think I'd live out there πŸ™‚ So AWESOME!!

  25. 5.20.20
    Amanda @ That Inspired Chick said:

    I’m obsessed!! It’s so perfect!!

  26. 5.20.20
    Michaela Anne said:

    LOVE this!!

  27. 5.20.20
    Janet said:

    Such a great space. I want to move it to my yard.

  28. 5.20.20
    Paige said:

    I rarely comment and it is not even about your post today, but I do LOVE your new outdoor area. I just finished drying my hair the way you described the other day. HOW in the world have I never done this before??? Crazy the difference it made!! Thank you for the suggestion πŸ™‚

  29. 5.20.20
    Michele said:

    Shut the front door! That's amazing! Can I quarantine at your house??? Ha!!

  30. 5.20.20
    Victoria Chan said:

    This looks absolutely amazing and a great space for everyone!

  31. 5.21.20
    Marybeth said:

    I love it!

  32. 5.21.20
    Rachel Embery said:

    It looks like a resort! We don’t have many outdoor pools in Colorado so I love seeing yours! Is that 2 TVs? Very pretty area. Do share once you figure out rugs. And I’m a sucker for Christmas trees all over!

  33. 5.21.20
    Laci said:

    I think it looks amazing!!! L

  34. 5.21.20
    Unknown said:

    hey girl- this is so cool! love it! I live in Oklahoma. not to for form y'all-!

  35. 5.22.20
    virginiaallain said:

    Looks wonderful. I live in Florida and we had Kookdeck or CoolDeck surface applied to our concrete patio. Even on the hottest days I can walk out there in my bare feet. The best part is that it doesn't reflect heat on our windows or fry our plants with reflected heat. We are so glad we have this.

  36. 5.22.20
    virginiaallain said:

    Oops, sorry about the typo in my comment. I checked and the correct name for this finish is Kooldeck.

  37. 5.26.20
    Jen said:

    I absolutely love your "pool house" area. Do you all cover any of the furniture during "pollen" season? Not sure if its as bad as here in GA from like March-May. If we ever add something like that I'd think about doing sliding doors or something to close it off from the pollen and rain!