A little while ago we did a little project.
That involved a massive dumpster, a team of 7 people, and four types of saws.
We ripped out a gift that the 80’s had left parked on our patio.
A massive eyesore of a hot tub.
And afterwards we had this vast, empty, dusty, dry-rotted space.
There was a period of time where I thought to myself…”What have we done?”
The space looked so horrible.
The back wall had dry rot.
The siding under the sliding door into our bedroom was in terrible shape.
The dirt that had accumulated under the hot tub was deep enough to plant crops in.
Despite all the room we now had, the patio looked unfinished, dirty, inhospitable.
I actually found myself wondering, “Maybe it would have been better to leave the hot tub there and just turned it into a giant beer cooler.” A fugazi approach to dealing with a massive red hot tub maybe, but at least it was practical.
But, hindsight 20-20 and all, and by this time the hot tub was in two very large pieces and had been hauled away to the local dump where possibly some other creative individuals had decided to join the halves back together with duct tape and turn it into a giant beer cooler.
So we had to deal with the space.
We replaced the siding that had been rotted. We sprayed an antifungal over everything. (And that stuff smells to high heaven.) We painted. We swept and we swept and we swept and we swept. We hosed. Then we swept.
I painted chairs.
I refinished our old patio table.
We bought new chairs to match the newly refinished patio table.
And now we have this:
The chairs were selected in part because they stack into a nice small footprint which will allow them to be stored over the winter in the shed.
The lanterns were purchased for our wedding last year. We hung them in the trees around the property (we were married at my mother’s house) and they fit beautifully with the Moroccan garden theme. And now they go beautifully on the patio.
And here are the lanterns as sunset was coming:
There’s more to do on the patio, we need to rebuild the steps from the sliding glass door, and replace a step we tore out on the deck. The concrete is pretty damned ugly, so it need some rehab although we don’t know what yet.
But those…those are NEXT year’s projects.
We’re done for this year.
Stick a fork in us.