Before: Boring, Bland PatioAfter being married for six months, Chris and Gillian Tucker bought their house because they love the backyard, but they can't find a compromise on the patio. He wants a space for recreation that has a clubhouse feel, while she's looking for a relaxation area in a villa style.
After: Perfect for EntertainingHost Chayse Dacoda and her Get It Together team create a patio that is the ideal space for entertaining, offering the fun of clubhouse with the sophistication of a villa. To bring in the clubhouse element, they convert the outdoor fireplace into a bar area, but paint it rustic red to fit in with the villa theme.
Chayse's Design Tips:
Use three colors of concrete paint fro the same color family to give brick an aged look.
Use lattice as a lowered ceiling to create an open, yet intimate feeling.
Before: Ugly Outdoor SpaceHe want lots of games, including his favorite – ping pong, but she thinks his games are an eyesore. Gillian wants a nice lounge area, but Chris if afraid of wasting too much space on seating.
After: Space to PlayLeafy plants are used instead of flowering ones to keep the area more masculine. They create a drop ceiling out of lattice to make the dining space feel more intimate, and to make the space fun and active, they keep the ping pong table and add a dartboard and a swing.
Colorful Stone FloorMaterials and Tools:
skill saw with diamond blade
hose or equivalent water source
1. Chalk out the pattern on the concrete.
2. Using the skill saw, etch over the chalk pattern about a 1/4 inch shallow.
3. Mix the concrete paint with the concrete sealer and then paint each area a different color. We used grey, brown, rust and muted red.
4. Spray on water while painting to soften the brush strokes.