When it comes to looking for a home for my family, I always want it to have a nice patio or porch area. In our current home, we are lucky enough to have both. We can sit and enjoy our coffee on the front porch in the morning. Then when the evening hits, we can move to the backyard where we BBQ and relax while the kids wear themselves out. One of the main reasons that we have this luxury is because we chose to live in the suburbs. But what happens when you want all of that and live in the heart of a busy city like Milwaukee? Well recently Reddit user My_DIY_Account ran into this problem. He had a space in his yard that was going unused, and since he lived in a more urban area, space is something that is very crucial. He debated on turning it into an extra parking space, but instead he decided to surprise his wife with a DIY patio. Check out the pictures below to see the full transformation. I’ll admit, it’s pretty impressive.
For starters, the space was covered with ivy. So he pulled out the yard tools and got rid of it all.
This doesn’t even look like the same space with the ivy removed. Next up, he bought 6 – 4×4 pieces of Douglas Fir and cemented them into the ground. This would be the start of his fence.
He added little ledges to the 4×4’s so that he could make the fence follow a Venetian blind design. He did this so he could see out of his backyard, but his neighbors would have a hard time seeing in.
Another nice thing about the Venetian blind design is that it allows a breeze to come through the space, rather than sheltering that out completely.
For the horizontal slats, he decided to use cedar, which looks really good in that space.
He also placed cedar over the original Douglas Fir posts to make it all blend together.
Now that the fence was done, it was time to stain it. He also used Waterlox to ensure the fence was waterproof.
Now that the fence was complete, he wasn’t 100% done yet. It was still a nice space that offered a lot of privacy, but he wanted to make it an area where he could relax with his wife after a long day at work.
Because he was working with uneven ground, he dug trenches for deck blocks. This made sure the deck he was about to build would be level.
He built the deck with more 2×4’s. It ended up being quite the entertaining space.
Now that the deck boards are all in place, you can tell how big of a project this really was. To make sure the deck was strong, he’s had up to 20 people stand on it at the same time, and it is still holding strong.
He stained the deck and now it’s all coming together. With all of the supplies which included wood, stain, and cement, the total cost of this project was about $1,500. This is a lot less than what you would spend if you were to hire someone to complete the same project.
His wife was out-of-town, so he did this while she was gone. She’s in for quite the surprise. It’s amazing what he did with only $1,500. His home value must have gone up now that he has a very useful space. The sidewalk looks really great too, filled in with little pebbles.
And it looks like his dog definitely approves of this project!
While I really enjoy doing DIY projects around the house, this may have been one I would have put off for a really long time. It looked like a massive project, but he was able to get it done before his wife got home. It definitely looks like an amazing place to relax after work or a great place to invite a few friends over for a summer evening BBQ. What’s the biggest DIY project you’ve ever completed and did it turn out as you expected?