December 18, 2010

Not that there wasn’t a whole lot wrong with our old patio, but we were handed a house whose inside and outside were painted in every form of brown imaginable; after a while, it just started getting to us. We took care of the inside earlier this year (one of these days I’ll have to post some pictures, as the transformation has been pretty dramatic) but the patio was always something I wanted to tackle myself.

Here was the view looking west towards the tiki bar:

patio_before11

…and here was the view looking east from the tiki bar itself:

patio_before2

I’ve never considered myself an interior or exterior designer, but I had an idea in mind to make the patio not only more colorful, but more intimate as well. I started with the idea of a half-wall to make the patio feel a bit more enclosed, and then just let my imagination run wild with tropical colors and happy, relaxing touches.

OUT:
tan slider door
brown / tan color scheme
patio open on all sides
gray cement slab floor
tan ceiling
brown peeling posts and woodwork
yellow pineapple lights

IN:
white french doors
soft pink / coral color scheme
half-wall to close in one side
antique white ceramic tile on floor with soft pink grout
soft pink ceiling w/ antique white ceiling fan
coral posts and woodwork (color chosen by Tracey)
multi-colored pineapple lights

So what was the end result? Judge for yourself:

patio_after2

patio_after1

As you can see, the color scheme chosen really jumps out at you, creating a real sense of a peaceful, tropical patio. In addition to the changes, we eliminated a lot of clutter on the patio, giving the phony palm trees to my sister-in-law and moving the floor planters out to the front yard. Between this and the choice of floor tile, the patio now has a feeling of openness and clean lines, allowing the whimsical touches (wind chimes, pineapple ceramic tile on the wall, use of paint to distinguish between wood and metal, etc.) to really stand out.

I’m pretty proud of my little project; it’s always very satisfying to have something you envision in your head come to life with a little bit of professional help (wall, floor tile) and your own sweat equity. I think it came out great, and the good thing is that the brighter colors really make a difference at night.

Filed in: Uncategorized by The Great White Shank at 00:15 | Comments (5)
5 Comments »
  1. I love it…you guys did a wonderful job and this coming from someone with an Interior Design degree. I too love all my sweat equity I, along with dad, put into transforming my house. When I bought it, sad and neglected described it. And now it is my beach house on the creek. This year the walls went from ocean blue to shades of pale tropical greens. My next projects are bamboo floors upstairs and enclose the screened porch with glass sliders and a Atrium doors to the deck. I just love what you manifested for the patio.

    Comment by Jana — December 19, 2010 @ 6:34 am


  2. Thanks, Jana – your own plans for your place sound great!

    Bamboo floors, huh?

    Comment by The Great White Shank — December 19, 2010 @ 10:06 pm


  3. Yep…bamboo. It is sustainable and looks great.

    Comment by Jana — December 20, 2010 @ 6:11 am


  4. Doug /

    Tracey – looks great!! We’ll have to get
    out there soon to see it first hand….

    Killer

    Comment by Killer — December 20, 2010 @ 10:50 am


  5. Hey dude, welcome back! How was St. Lucia? Hope married life is treating you good. Make sure you guys get a “Our First Christmas” ornament for the tree!

    Comment by The Great White Shank — December 20, 2010 @ 8:49 pm


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