We’re currently editing our clip from our live interview on CBS6 so we thought we’d post this amazing patio makeover to tide you over. When Julie and Mike sent us their gorgeous before and afters we couldn’t wait to share the eye candy. Here’s their letter:
We really enjoy the DIY before & after pics featured on house renovation blogs, especially yours. Persistently reading your blog is often the kick-in-the-arse that motivates us to face yet another weekend of Home Depot trips and household projects. For the past few months, we have been fixing up our own first house – a tiny ranch coastal cutie and loving every minute – okay, not every minute, but it has been a lot of learning, a lot of band-aids, and a lot of fun. We’ve long been dreaming and planning for an outdoor space where we can relax and entertain. We are so proud of our DIY project, we were bursting to share the pics with your readers. Also, over at our own renovation blog, there are bonus pics and a step-by-step photo follow-along of the “during” stages. At this point, our favorite room in our house is actually outside the house. -Julie & Mike
And for anyone who’s curious about what came from where (and how much it all cost), here’s a handy dandy shopping breakdown:
- Wellington Gazebo from Target ($249)
- Indoor/outdoor rug remnant from Home Depot ($20)
- Better Homes and Garden patio set from Walmart ($249)
- Buddha candle holder from Target ($9.99)
- Mosaic capiz end table from Bed Bath and Beyond ($19.99)
- 3 small plants from IKEA ($.99 each)
- Solar string lights from Sams Club ($14.99)
- TOTAL: $564.00
Thanks so much for sending those awesome pictures our way Julie and Mike! Your patio transformation is truly mindblowing- as is the totally walet-friendly budget. An addition would have cost a pretty penny, but an instant outdoor room for under $600 is truly an achievement!
This is just GORGEOUS!! I love those gazebos, especially when they are created with so much style. Truly wonderful. You guys enjoy!
Oops, by the way, I tried going to their blog to see more pictures and the link appears to be broken…
Amanda V says
Where’s the rest of the money coming from?? I got something around 565.00 for all of that. Looks like they layed brick outside the patio?
Hey Amanda & Ana,
I don’t know what happened! Sorry about the screwy math- we stand corrected! And we also fixed that link so hopefully it’s working for you guys now. Enjoy!
AHHH-MAZING! Looks beautiful… ENJOY!!
jiye lee says
That is too awesome. Puts mine to shame! Hee hee…
Was the little side ledge and the bar stools already there? It looks like the perfect little place to have a few drinks with friends. What’s on the other side of the wall?
It does look like the perfect place to hang out after a long day, eh? We think that’s actually a sauna there on the right side of the photo. You can learn more about their house by popping over to their blog (the link’s in their letter). Hope it helps!
Holy Moly! That’s fantastic!
Kim @ Yellow Brick Home says
Julie and Mike, this is amazing! It looks like such a wonderful, relaxing haven.
Sherry, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful transformation.
You guys were great on TV this morning! Luckily they showed the Young House Love URL on the screen since the host said “This Young House”. You didn’t look nervous at all!
Great Transformation! I can’t wait to see you guys on TV.
Um, when am I coming over? I bet it looks all pretty and twinkly at night, awesome job!
This looks like something out of a Pottery Barn catolog! Amazing!
Kevin M says
Nice work guys. The gazebo is great. My mother in law works at Wal-Mart, maybe she can score us a deal on that patio set for our covered deck!
I love outdoor living spaces! It looks very cool and relaxing. Great work!
anna see says
Delightful! What a pretty, pretty space.
Oh My! We did almost the exact same thing on our deck this year. Our gazebo and furniture are from Target and we LOVE them! I also found an awesome chandelier from Kohls for $60. It is like having a whole other room of our house extended into our yard. I highly recommend it!
Julie (J - Pacha Mama) says
Hi there! Thanks for all the kudos. To answer your Qs:
@Amanda V – the bricks are reused from the slab itself (they were overlaid on top of the slab when we bought our house)
@Amanda – the sidewall is indeed a swimspa with bar attached (hot tub/pool combo)and we blogged about that install as well: http://pachamamahouse.blogspot.com/2008/10/weeks-14-15-flying-swimspa.html
@Shannon – it REALLY does look pretty & twinkly at night!
Looks awesome! Too bad that set-up would last about 1 month up here in the frozen tundra!
PERFECT!!! This is exactly what I was looking for. We live in Las Vegas and have no covered patio/porch so we were thinking of getting a Gazebo to have a some type of covered/shaded space in our backyard. I just send this to the hubby for approval :)
Wowsa! Julie and Mike can re-do my patio anytime! :)
Mike and McGee says
Lovely gazebo, love how the project turned out! We had a very similar structure in our backyard. Even with it well staked to the ground though, it can’t hold up to tornado-strength winds. :( Ours took to the air and landed on our fountain during a very bad storm a few months back. So if you’re in a tornado-prone or just really windy area, something more permanent might be a better (albeit expensive) option.
The now gazebo-less Mike and McGee