Looking for some simple tips to transform your backyard? Here’s a before and after backyard patio makeover with a pergola and pavers.
Don’t you love an outdoor space that looks like it walked in from the English countryside?
Then I decided to go all Downton Abbey and create an English inspired stone paver patio.
Kind of like the Earl of Grantham meets a farmhouse meets concrete pavers from the home improvement store meets the back meadow.
It’s a little bit country and a little bit English manor house.
With extra manor.
Here’s the overall view of the space.
This is located on our property next to the house and the pond.
See the little white arbor at the left of the picture.
It is surrounded by roses and phlox that haven’t bloomed yet and it takes you down to a pond.
It’s where Fred the giant turtle lives.
Here’s the view of it taken to the left looking at the house.
The space directly in front of you is the screened-in porch.
It overlooks the new stone patio.
Just in case you were worried about the patio getting too fancy, just know that it started out life as a basketball court.
When we bought the property it was an asphalt slab that they used to play basketball on.
Before and after backyard makeover
This was before and after backyard was our summer project.
The basketball court doesn’t look the same anymore.
Here’s how we transformed it:
1. The pergola
We moved the court to the back of the property and made this into something a little more “invite the neighbors we’re having a party” kind of space.
We started the before and after backyard makeover with this pergola that we ordered from a kit.
- we started with the columns
- a hole was drilled into the asphalt to anchor it
- next, the columns were attached into the holes and bolted into place
- after the columns were assembled, we added the side pieces for the frame
- lastly, we added the slats for the roof
2. The pavers
We had laid these pavers previously and tried to grow moss into between them and never really worked. It was a misstep and one of my decorating mistakes. So instead, we tried a different approach with the pavers. I think this part of the before and after backyard made the biggest difference. Here’s how we installed them:
- we started with a base of sand to level out the surface
- next, we added metal edging around the sides of the patio
- we placed the pavers into the sand
- we created a grid with the pavers
- each paver is 5″ apart on each side
- the pavers were leveled in the sand
- after the pavers were in place it was time to add the stone
- we purchased this marble stone from the home improvement store and filled in the spaces with it.
3. before and after backyard tip: add flower boxes
Once the pergola and rock and pavers were in place it was time to decorate.
I added these standing planters around the edges of the pergola.
They were really reasonable and a great option for raised beds in a space.
They have a drainage hole in the bottom for easy watering.
4. Outdoor seating
Next, to complete the before and after backyard makeover, I added this seating area with these four chairs grouped around the fire pit.
I filled the chairs with outdoor pillows and layered in patterns and graphic design. I use this color scheme inside, too.
I also added urns filled with flowers.
And finished everything off with a few other accessories.
Like these metal spheres and metal terrariums. I’m planning on adding DIY obelisks to the flower pots.
And then I was done with the outdoor space and it was ready for a party.
Except I needed sunshine.
And the forecast looked like this.
And it rained and rained and rained.
I felt like Noah was about to show up with the ark.
And then just as I had given up hope…
….the sun came out.
And it danced across the grass and shone through the trees and sent sunbeams twinkling across the rock.
And as I stood there with the sun on my face and the gentle breezes blowing the leaves and the birds chirping and the crickets singing in tune….
….I saw this.
The before and after backyard makeover was complete.
And my heart smiled.
And I knew that I knew…..that I knew.
It was going to be a wonderful summer. 🙂
PS Here’s a pinboard full of outdoor inspiration.