Hey everybody, I hope that this finds everyone enjoying a cool fall breeze, college football and the start of the fire pit season! It has been a little busy around the Hill household since undertaking our major backyard project on Labor Day weekend and I apologize to my amazing wife for not helping her out with more blog posts! So, here is my peace offering!
Here is an update on the progress that has been made on our project and I am really excited to get it close to being completed by the time family arrives for the Thanksgiving holiday. The how-to blog posts will come down the road, but I wanted to show you the overall progress to date. So, here you go!
The timber wall and concrete paver patio is finished and I am finishing up the detailing on the pergola. There is another set of steps going in on the opposite corner that will allow access down to the gardens and those should be done by the end of this weekend. Overall, this has been a fun project and I have been concentrating on how to make it the most unique one ever. There are a lot of little details that we will tell you about later, but here is one of my favorites. A couple of months ago on a visit to Diane’s parent’s house, we were given an old sharpening stone from Diane’s grandpa’s farm. The stone has been inlaid into the patio as a medallion and while it really fits in with our industrial farmhouse style, the sentimental attachment really adds a personal touch!
I am really looking forward to seeing Diane’s parents faces when they see what we have done with their little piece of family history. Diane is afraid of what will happen if we ever have to move, but I have a plan for that as well! The pergola has been a blast to work on and there are a few more things that need to be done to really take it to the next level. The cantilevered design was inspired by an architectural detail on some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses and by an architect that has some modernist work in the Sarasota area by the name of Paul Rudolph. I love the shadow lines that it creates and the way it appears to blend in and embrace the existing trees. After finishing up some of the detailing and adding a couple of coats of stain, this will really become a statement for the backyard!
All in all, it has been a lot of work and the rest of the yard has suffered from neglect, but the end is in sight! After I get the top portion done, the work on the lower decks can get started and hopefully the entire project can be wrapped up by the time Christmas rolls around! We will keep you posted on the progress and keep checking back for all of the how-to posts. Have fun out there enjoying the cooler weather and please let us know if you have any questions. Time to get back to work!