Before & After: A 1950s House’s Overgrown Yard Becomes a Dreamy Patio Retreat with Lots of Dining Space
After Heather West and her husband, Nick, inherited their small 1950s yellow home — located on eight acres of forest — they took time to live in it and really zero in on which home projects would upgrade the space. “Patience has been my mantra for any home project we have taken on,” Heather says, adding that it’s important to “have a clear plan of what you want before digging into anything major.”
And their patio addition was pretty major. Before, the side of the house was overgrown, unusable space. “It was basically a small forest,” Heather says. “It was a bit anxiety-inducing, not only because it was unusable, but also the plants were growing right up to the house and trying to get into the siding.”
Heather says this particular spot was the perfect place to create a large yard and take advantage of the surrounding natural beauty. The house had a window that would be fairly easy to replace with a sliding door in the same spot. After that, they would need to control the yard and add the finishing touches.
Nick replaced the window with a Pella sliding glass door from Lowe’s, and then they hired a landscaping company to excavate the yard, build the paver patio, and install the fence (a $13,000, one-year venture). Heather planned the design and painted the exterior a deep blue (Magnolia Home’s Signature).
“My husband saved us money by building our furniture,” Heather says. “What cost him a few hundred in materials would have been thousands for something comparable.”
Nick opted for cedar furniture, a good moisture-resistant option for the Pacific Northwest where the two live. Another PNW essential? The rain cover. Heather loves that it’s clear, so it lets a lot of light in even on gloomy days.
Nick built the round wall art above the sectional, plus the dining table and bench (for about $300). The dining table is one of Heather’s favorite parts. Nick also built the sectional and the chevron coffee table, which is the same height and doubles as a daybed extension — perfect for catching some afternoon Zs outside.
After the yearlong project, the couple now has a space that brings expands the spacial footprint of the home by bringing the comfort of the indoors out. “I love how it truly feels like an outdoor extension of our home,” Heather says. “It makes our small house feel much bigger and is just the perfect retreat.”
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This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it there: Before and After: A 1950s House’s Overgrown Yard Becomes a Dreamy, Functional Patio Retreat