Our backyard underwent a major transformation this summer. We added a sprawling deck to our backyard and furnishings and finally, built an outdoor fireplace as the finishing touch.
As a reminder, just a few months ago, the space looked like this:
We went between the idea of fire pit vs fireplace, but in the end a fireplace had the architectural elements that a fire pit didn’t offer; the height and the fact that the even when it isn’t being used, it still looks great and intentional especially sold us on the idea. I loved the look of a few board-formed concrete fireplaces I had seen, so with inspiration in hand, we built our own in a week for around $1300. Instead of board-formed concrete, which is a pretty intense process, we used James Hardy siding (a non-combustible cement siding) which gave us a really similar look at a budget-friendly price and is more DIY friendly, too.
Today, on Homes.com, we’re sharing a detailed step-by-step tutorial of exactly how we made it, with a complete budget breakdown so you can tackle this project yourself! Click here to read how it all went down.
To say we have been enjoying our new outdoor space would be the understatement of the year, it’s changed everything and we’re excited the fireplace will allow us to hang out out here through the fall, too.
Day or night, you can find us out here eating, lounging or chatting. We’ve had a few questions about the durability of the furnishings out here (sources below). Almost everything is weather-rated except the leather pouf that we bring in, and the dining chairs that are holding up great. We have outdoor furniture covers that I mostly try to get on if I see rain coming, but Idaho is a desert climate so we don’t get much rain. It’s also a great idea to spray cushions with this outdoor ScotchGuard and if it comes down to it, all the covers are removable and can be thrown in the wash.
It’s so fun working with brands that give us 100% free reign, “What are some projects you guys have coming up? We’d love to get involved!” Homes.com is a dream to work with, we hope you enjoy the thorough tutorial here and we’re excited to partner with Homes.com for more projects in the coming months.
Decking–Trex in Clam Shell color; Area Rug–Rejuvenation; Wood and white outdoor sofas–World Market; Black and white outdoor sofa–Crate&Barrel; Dining Table–Ikea; Striped Umbrella–Home Decorators; Black Tabouret dining chairs–Overstock; White wire dining chairs–Rejuvenation; Concrete planters–Rejuvenation; Leather Pouf–Lulu & Georgia; Black planter–Crate & Barrel; Teak lanterns–Crate & Barrel; String lights–Rejuvenation
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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