Backyard Overhaul

One of the best features of my house is the back patio which affords my husband and me a great view of the distant mountains like spiked eruptions under a deep blue, cloud-enhanced sky. Summer is the time to sit out and enjoy life in Vermont, a state like no other. It is a about wide open spaces as properties are large. No track house for me. I moved here to get away from density and city noise. It is quiet and peaceful everywhere you go. Towns are picturesque and the scenery is divine.

We love to grill when the weather permits and sit back and sip a cold beer. For years, however, I have complained about the lack of comfort of the metal-framed lounge chairs. We also lack a table so that we can set up a mini buffet. It is time for a new patio set for sure. I am on the hunt and am scouring the outdoor stores and even the flea markets to find the perfect pieces. I want something either new or in good condition that won’t break the bank. Who isn’t on a budget these days?

Update: It didn’t take long to set my eyes on a nice table and chair set at an antique store (in Vermont this is a fancy name for used furniture!). It just needed a bit of work. It is wrought iron so I got out the welder and hinted to my husband to be sure and secure the chair legs—a simple welding job. It will be a useful décor item to enhance the look of the back yard. I can image a nice plant centered in the middle of the glass table top in a home-crafted ceramic pot. A little touch of nature never hurts!

While the look is great, something is still missing. My husband and I thought about it and came up with the idea of adding a fire pit to complete the landscaping already in place. A great idea. Our grill is a bit modest to be sure. If we throw in a few pots here and there, we will have achieved a real overhaul. It is so dramatic that we wondered why we waited so long. I guess we let nature dominate our patio experience. It is just so much better to enjoy the warmth of the fire in the fall and winter and not limit our outdoor adventure to spring and summer. Vermont has so much to offer year round. Even when it snows, we like to take walks.

Outfitting your back yard for maximum pleasure is money well spent. We are firm believers in getting out of the house for some fresh air. Our guests are going to love the fire pit at night after a long day of hiking in the hills. You have to imagine the entire design from the patio set to the fence that surrounds our garden, lawn, and new lounge chairs.