Our first major project as homeowners was the back porch of our first home (and first flip).
There were a number of issues with the porch when we purchased the house.
Rotting wood & hornet infestation
Low roof line which made the house and porch feel dark
Sloped yard which caused standing water on the porch when it rained
Back Porch Before:
This patio just looks so sad!
Here is the area next to the future deck where we wanted to put a flagstone patio.
Here is our back porch after a rain. Kewl.
Demolition of the Back Porch:
I have mentioned this before, but we have fabulous friends. A group of guys came over and helped Chris break up all of the concrete and toss it into the dumpster. You can also see the fence that we built to keep the pups in the backyard. We wanted to be able to step directly out onto the deck, so the next step was for Chris to rent a machine to dig down deep enough behind the house to make this a possibility.
After the dirt was removed to the height required for the deck, we built a retaining wall, buried a trench for any potential standing water right next to the retaining wall and laid pea gravel where the deck would be placed. The lawn was regraded and sod was laid. I love the look of fresh green grass!!
Installation of the New Deck:
We liked that the original deck was covered and wanted to build another roof, but have it higher than the first one. Because the roof needed to be tied into the house, we hired professionals to complete this portion of the project. Along with building the roof, we had a bead board ceiling added and painted white and a ceiling fan installed.
Once the roof was installed, Chris built his first deck and it turned out amazing!! I was skeptical when he first said he could build it (sorry Chris), but it turned out so well and I learned just how talented my husband was! I also wanted to give a special shout out and thanks to our friend Ryan, who spent many hours helping us build the deck.
Once the deck was built, we got started on the flagstone patio. We had to prep the space before laying the flagstone. This included: Adding a retaining wall by the fence where we would later add greenery, leveling the ground, adding screening and using a tamper to keep the ground level.
We then added the flagstone and had to put together the puzzle pieces, which was a lot more challenging than I expected! Once the flagstone was down, we added more screening to fill in the cracks. I was 4 months pregnant during this renovation and was only able to help so much with moving the heaving stones and equipment.
We had a deadline for this project and it was to be complete before our gender reveal party at the end of July. We got it done just in time and I was SO happy we were able to share all of our hard work with our friends along with the exciting news of our first childs gender.
Backyard Porch After:
I mean, how welcoming is that back porch...RIGHT?! I loved our little herb garden we added. For Mother's Day, Chris sent me out for a spa day and surprised me by building a rose trellis next to the patio. We definitely poured a lot of love into this home.
If you want a look down memory lane, check out the gallery below of our gender reveal party. So many great people there. We miss you YODER FAM!