Everyday we pinch ourselves for actually own this home. We live in a very small town and there are only a couple of houses that we were interested in purchasing. This home hadn’t been for sale in over 50 years so we know how blessed we are to have been the ones with the right timing to be able to purchase it. Growing up here, I remember as a little girl going to the church just up the block and standing on the step looking at this very house thinking ‘That is my dream’ So to now be the owners we are very lucky. I have put together a bit of a tour of the ‘new’ backyard on this very old home. Enjoy
When we bought this house there was nothing in the back yard at all, other than a huge gravel parking lot! (See the below photo, this was taken when the previous owners still lived here) The lot we are on is actually almost the size of three regular town lots so we have loads of room! It was kind of nice to start right from scratch with the yard though. One of the first things we had to do was add sod and a fence! I grew up on a farm and was not used to have people be able to see me when they would go by so that was project numero uno! We actually added a tall fence in the front but after the first day of work was done it looked awful. It completely changed the look of the home so we tore it down and added the picket fence which I love and am so happy with. Our family owns a sod farm so that part was fairly easy.
The following summer we decided to take on the huge project of adding a large deck, with a big beautiful pergola.
We tried to replica the original railing and look of the front deck on this back deck as much as possible with in our budget. The columns from the front deck were far to expensive so we went with a square post with trim on the base to add some detail.
The pergola is actually notched instead of being screwed together to again fit with the age of the home. I also added large corbels that connect to the house that are replicas of the corbels on the rest of the home.
We built the farm table out of old fir beams that were pulled out of my hubby’s parents barn. The barn was built by his grandpa so its nice to have a little story behind the table. We originally built it to go inside the house but fell in love with how it looked on the deck. The legs were oak newel posts that I stained with Benjamin Moore Arbour Coat in Oxford White. I finished the top of the table with an outdoor Polyurethane, I applied about 6 coats and each year I buff the table and apply a new top coat.
I loved the idea of patio lights and had an extra chandelier that I had purchased for the interior of the house that we didn’t end up using. When we added the lighting the whole deck came to life. The Edison bulb string lights were purchased at Homesense but similar ones can be found here at Canadian Tire. The chandelier came from HomeDepot.
Most all the furniture was either garage sale or thrift store finds. I painted all the wood furniture with a solid outdoor stain in Benjamin Moore Arbour Coat in Oxford White. Each year I usually do touch ups with this product as well.
A cloths line on my deck was a must! There is no better way to dry bed sheet and sun bleach white couch covers than an outdoor line.
My dad found this HUGE old electrical spool that I didn’t know what to do with at first. It was to big for a clock but I didn’t want to get rid of it. I had been given an old pedestal table base that I hadn’t used yet either so the idea came to me to combine the two and make a patio table. Again I used the BM Solid Stain and the outdoor Polyurethane product to finish the table and it holds up so well to the weather! This year I am making covers for the tables though for when it rains or we are gone on vacation.
The deck wraps around the house almost like a spiral staircase would. It has three separate platforms and almost makes three separate ‘rooms’. We love having this extra outdoor living space in the summer and there is no better place to sit back and have a glass of wine in the evening!