Our Outdoor Oasis Reveal
Hello, Friends! I'm happy to share our outdoor oasis reveal with you today.
I recently shared a post about how my container flowers are growing through this Summer of '17. Click the link to see the floral abundance!
Today, I'm sharing photos of the entire pool and deck area in our backyard.
Deck Re-Build — Summer 2016
Our house was built in 1983, and the pool was added in 1986. So, we're not talking about new construction, here. In fact, the old deck beyond the concrete pool surround was replaced a year ago.
Back in August 2016, Mr. B. tore out our old deck, re-framed it, and re-built the deck with all-new materials. To find out how he did it, check out my post: Outdoor Deck Re-build: Mr. B's Handiwork.
We were really pleased with the new deck!
Then . . . Hurricane Matthew!
But, it wasn't long before Nature stepped in to make a huge mess in and around our pool and deck.
To find out how we fared during the storm, read my post Hurricane Matthew Reminded Me of What's Important.
Although the pool and yard were a big mess after Hurricane Matthew, the new deck was fortunately undamaged in the storm.
So, this spring, I've been working on fixing up an outdoor oasis on the deck around our pool.
Let's take a tour . . .
Through the Garden Gate
The photo above shows the view as you enter the backyard through the gate from the driveway and front yard.
A fountain sits to the right of the walkway, adjacent to the screened-in back porch.
Our back porch dining table sits just inside the screen, next to the fountain. It's really peaceful to hear the bubbling fountain while we're eating dinner or relaxing on the porch.
Another delightful sound is that of the wind chimes hanging at the end of the porch. See those large, black tubes? They're tempered (tuned) wind chimes that I purchased a few years ago at our local Wild Birds Unlimited store. These wind chimes make resonant, mellow sounds as they sway in the breeze.
Dining and Lounging Areas
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On one side of the pool, we have a curved deck area that includes a place for dining and a place for lounging.
The two areas are defined by two, new patio umbrellas from Home Depot. I love the colors in these 11 ft. wooden patio umbrellas. The fabric is Dolce Oasis Sunbrella, and the umbrellas raise and lower with pulleys.
Because we occasionally have windy conditions, I purchased a 75-pound California umbrella base from Home Depot. It holds the umbrella between the two lounge chairs.
We purchased the lounge chairs at Sam's Club 7 years ago. They're holding up really well!
This year, I added the round, white side tables from Home Depot. They're made from a material called Trex, and they are super-sturdy. They will never need to be painted, and they should hold up well in the weather for many years.
I scored the ceramic garden stool at our local Kroger grocery store for just $40.00 a few years ago. It, too, will hold up in the weather for many years.
The Dining Area
My big splurge this year was to purchase a teak dining table and 4 chairs. Teak will last outdoors in all weather forever. This set is made by Kingsley. The dining table is the Almalfi, and the chairs are Gearhart chairs. The cushions are covered in Sunbrella fabric.
I'm delighted with this new dining set. You can use teak oil to re-finish teak. Or, you can let it weather and turn gray. I actually like the gray color of aged teak, so I will probably let my new dining set turn gray as time goes by.
A Place to Relax and to Gather
Mr. B. and I will have adult children and grandchildren visiting us from out-of-town for the next week. We'll spend most of our time out by the pool.
I look forward to making memories with our little grandsons in our new, outdoor oasis!
I hope you're enjoying a wonderful summer, Friends!
Let me know about your outdoor projects. I'd love to hear from you!
Enjoy Life Creatively!