Just to recap, in Phase One we prepped the backyard and installed a 15 x 30 aboveground pool.
Here's a quick tour of the Phase Two results:
We extended our existing deck (you can see the two different tones of wood) and put up a new 12 x 12 gazebo (Home Depot):
Built a deck all the way around the pool (yes, basically we were trying to fake the look of an in-ground pool without the price):
Picked up some new chairs and a storage box at Canadian Tire for pool toys and towels (until the pool house is built):
Put steps in, which came with arms to attach to the deck to keep the whole unit in place (upgrading to larger, wedding-cake-tiered style steps may happen in the future):
Used two black gates to make a nice open double entrance (an idea copied from some neighbours, who were kind enough to let us come over and check out their gate - thanks, Lana and Jeremy!)
Used a framed lattice idea to close in underneath the deck:
And my favourite addition...the hot tub!
Turned the existing railing in front of the hot tub into a gate which swings open and closed:
Started thinking about little details: check out this plant stand, snatched up by my mom at Value Village for $9.99. She gave it a coat of spray paint and voila, a place to keep sunscreen and bug spray.
She also picked up the wicker table at another Value Village location ($12.99) and did the same.
So far, this corner is my favourite spot for lounging, with a view of the countryside:
Future location of pool house (I know, you were wondering about the odd-looking railing, but thought it would be rude to ask, right?) That will give us a place for visitors to change, as well as storage for pool and hot tub chemicals and large pool items like lounges.
- Consider some sort of screen or apparatus to hide the ugly pump and heater
- Pick up some cushions and more accessories to add shots of colour to the monochrome brown thing I have going on (right now I'm liking the red accents)
- Wall decor - a clock or thermometer? Or just something decorative?
- Plants - it's so late in the season that I might give up on that angle for now...but next Spring we'll seriously need some shots of natural life across the deck.