Small and StarkErika and Joe have been too busy planning their wedding to give their barren backyard much attention. They put in two new backyard decks and added a concrete patio, but now they aren't sure what the next move should be. They do know that they want a space where they can entertain as well as relax and unwind.
The new decks on each side of the house and concrete patio have created a lot of space to work with, but nothing is really tied together. That's where the 24 Hour Design team, led by Angelo Surmelis, comes into play. Design assistant Wanda Colón and carpenter Chris Ashe pledge to help Surmelis turn this couple's bare backyard into a sophisticated outdoor living space — in just one day.
For specific product information, click on the first After photo of the room.
Toned and TexturedNow this backyard is a place where Erika and Joe can cook, entertain or just hang out. A new deep brown stain on each deck carries out the color of the hardwood floors inside. It also makes the room inside seem larger because the matching colors create the illusion of one large room rather than two separate areas. Lots of new greenery, both potted and planted, breathes life into the space and provides lush texture. The earthy terra-cotta concrete stain makes the transition between the cement and plants more subtle.
Products from Target:
two-seat bench and cushions, Mission Mod
fire pit, Saratoga
Products from Ikea:
dining table, Granas
dining table wicker chairs, Agen
green dining table chairs, Herman
side tables, Granas
white and green stools, Forby
Products from Smith & Hawken:
trestle, Oak Park Arch
Products from Lowe's:
Barren and BlandThough small, this area of the backyard is nonetheless underutilized. What's more, the design on the edge of the concrete creates a stark contrast that could use softening.
Warm, Inviting "Rooms"Designer Angelo Surmelis wanted to make the space look larger, so he created three distinct areas: an enclosed seating area (pictured), lounge (also pictured, foreground) and a dining area (not shown). Each area is defined by different materials and styles. The Mission-style archway marks the entrance to the enclosure and mirrors the arch at the front of the house. Inside is a fire pit and a variety of seating options surrounding it — perfect for entertaining.
Concrete pavers laid out to look like tile and river rock used as "the grout," helps set apart the area from the rest of the backyard and also softens the wavy concrete edge. Pillows made out of shower curtain material are used throughout the entire space because they are water resistant and can stay outside. Ambient lighting is the finishing touch. Using indoor lighting to enhance the indoor/outdoor feel will make people want to spend time here, Surmelis says. There are round lights on the archway, mini lamps in each corner of the enclosure and candles in the lounge area.