From the moment we moved into our home we have been dreaming of creating an outdoor living space. A place where we could entertain, visit with family and friends and enjoy dining outdoors, reading, family game nights and naps, lots of naps! Well, after three years we are finally turning that dream into a reality!
A while back I shared a few pictures here and here of what’s been happening at our house and if you guessed we are building a screened porch or deck, well, you were right and in fact we’re doing both! When we were house hunting here in North Carolina it seemed like every home we looked at had a cozy and inviting screened porch, except of course for the one we ended up buying. What did we end up with? A neglected deck in need of repair and lots of tlc.
Here are a few before pics. Not exactly our dream porch! When the crew began tearing down the deck, the railing fell right off with just a light push, scary!
Yes, we just gave up trying to make it pretty. Not much entertaining going on here.
Screening in the back deck was on the top of the wish list when we first moved in and a project we had hopes of doing sooner than later. The reality was a long list of home maintenance projects that took priority and a few that were unexpected. Once that list started to get a little smaller we began the estimate process for the porch. We ended up getting a total of five estimates and each was very different in design and price. We ended up going with the last one because it was the most creative and helped us improve on the inside of our home as well, which of course added to the cost.
Our initial plans of simply screening in the deck, turned into tearing down the deck, building a new one, building a screened porch, tearing down a wall and removing a door. This became a big project and investment in our home. We decided to take our time so that we were comfortable with our decision. We ended up waiting en entire year and we are really happy we did because we felt like we gave ourselves time to think things through and feel confident in the changes we were making to our home. It also gave us time to save up for the added expenses and know for sure that we had no plans to move anytime soon.
If it weren’t for an evening on the back porch, enjoying a glass of wine with my husband, while getting bitten up by bugs and noticing all of the nails popping up out the wood, there’s honestly a good chance we may still be waiting and thinking . I’m not sure if it was the wine or the bug bites or a combination of the two, but that was the moment we were finally ready to go for it, say goodbye to our rickety old deck and get the construction process started!
It has bee so exciting to see this project come together with each step.
We ended up making our deck half the size. My husband is having a little regret about that decision, but I love the smaller version, it is so cozy and is more than enough space for the grill and a few chairs.
We have a roof!
We also decided to move the staircase. I have always wanted to have a wide set of stairs going into our yard so that we can access it more easily. At the base of the stairs we have plans to eventually add a fire pit area, but that will come in time.
This is the part we love the most, the fireplace! Can’t wait to use it in the fall.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Next time I will be sharing how this outdoor project made it’s way inside. Also, if you follow me on Pinterest you can see I have pinning away lots of porch and back yard ideas over the past year to get design and decorating ideas for our new outdoor space. You can see my boards here and here. I also created an ideabook on Houzz which you can see here or on my sidebar .