Backyard Retreat

pergolaWe used to have a play house in the back corner of our yard.  But sadly the kids outgrew it, and we gave it to our neighbors and it’s currently the world’s cutest chicken coop. 

The platform the playhouse stood on was still in the corner of the yard though, occupying pretty much the only shady square footage on that side of the house.  So Matt and I decided that rather than take it apart, we’d use it to create a shady little relaxing area.

IMG_4123I knew I wanted a pergola.  I knew I wanted lawn chairs and a place to hang the hammock B got for her birthday last summer that we had nowhere to put.  But I didn’t know exactly how to do it.

Matt is really, really good at figuring out building plans and determining what materials we need.  I am good at deciding what it should look like, but have no ability whatsoever to figure out how to make it so.  Good thing we have each other.

It only took us one day to build it (since the platform was already there), plus a trip to Lowes for lumber, screws, and new lawn chairs.

lowes visitIMG_4190One of the best parts of this project was that all the kids helped.  Matt drew up a plan and measured and cut the lumber. 


While Matt was cutting, B and I screwed in the plates to hold the posts in place.  She learned to use the drill, which is a handy skill to have.  We all worked together to get the posts standing.

IMG_4158The boys carried lumber, helped measure, and held up posts while B screwed them into place.  It was a full family effort.

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And at the end, we all enjoyed it together, too. 

pergola 2We need more mulch to fill in around the platform, but we’ll get to that (before we leave!). 

We have a few Adirondack chairs, a garden stool, and we finally hung B’s hammock!  We’ve all spent time out there, enjoying the only corner on that side of the house that gets any shade.

It’s now my favorite spot in the yard, and it was well worth the day of work. 

Have you done any outdoor projects lately?  I’d love to see them!

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3 thoughts on “Backyard Retreat

  1. Mish

    I LOVE IT!

    We don’t have any place to hang a hammock either because my lovely husband cut down every tree in our yard. He always had an excuse and he’d do one per season to ease the blow (probably the blow i would give him). :-/


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