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Courtyard and Deck Reveal

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Happy Christmas, My Lovelies!

I wanted to share our latest rather large project.  In July, Mr. Art @ Home hired a conman contractor to build a patio, back garden, and update our deck area. It was a complete nightmare.  He ran off with our money left before finishing the job, and NONE of the work was to code.

We then hired a reputable and capable contractor who first ripped-out everything the other contractor had done, and then redesigned the space for our needs.  Here is the reveal!

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Bluestone stepping stones and brick steps lead-up to Finlay's play area.

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The same area viewed from our deck

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Gate to Finlay's play area

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Courtyard view from deck

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Outdoor kitchen area with gate to sideyard

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Fireplace sitting area

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Sitting area with steps up to deck

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Sofa looking onto deck

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View of sideyard

Here are a few of the planters:

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We had to contend with two "builds," one after the other.  It took over five months, and the noise was a huge distraction while trying to homeschool. The project was completed just a couple of days ago, and I'm so thankful to have it complete and built very well by professionals.  We are enjoying it so much!

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Shanley Belle, Lily, Finlay, and Shelley enjoying the fireplace

I am done with major projects for a very long time.  Truly!  ;P

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Ricki, it's beautiful! What a wonderful space! I'm sorry you had to go through so much to get it done, but wow...I really love it!

  2. Thank goodness that's done! It is absolutely beautiful. That gate is stunning and the way you all dealt with the slope is so pretty.

  3. It came out beautiful. I'm sorry the first one walked away with your money. xoox

  4. Oh you must be over the moon and back! This area is gorgeous!
    Merry Christmas!

  5. The finished product is fabulous, RJ. I know you and your family will enjoy this space for years to come. It's like adding a whole new living area to your home.
    Hope you can relax and enjoy the holidays. Merry, Merry!

  6. Lovely...just lovely! An outdoor kitchen too. Wow! What a fun outdoor space for all of you! Now you can decorate it for Christmas. Merry Christmas Ricki Jill!

  7. What a wonderful outdoor living space!!! I love the purse container, too adorable.

  8. awww, love the photo of the girls and pooches! What an amazing project!

  9. Gorgeous and it looks so well thought out. What a great space for your family to use.


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