With having to replace our pool this year, we ended up starting a whole backyard enhancement project. We have more we still want to do, but here is what we have so far:
The deck was already there--it's 10 years old. The pool, concrete, shower, and covered area is all new. We are planning to stain the concrete after it has cured long enough, and will probably paint the deck also. There is going to be a half-wall on the left side of the shelter (between shelter and pool equipment) with a bar-top. That's our next step. At some point we will probably put stepping stones going from the door of the back porch to the patio. (It's about where I am standing for the first photo, so not a straight path.)
I also want to get some kind of roll-up sun-shade for the west side of the covered area, which is the side facing the camera in the photos. I would like something that you can see through from the inside but still provides shade, since the sun still comes in that side in the late afternoon/evening. The covered area is 10 by 10 feet, so it would have to be that wide or maybe do 2 5 foot panels? Any suggestions?
Also, after several years, my plastic deck box is looking ugly, faded, and dirty. I cleaned it real good this year, but it still looks bad. Has anyone tried painting a deck box with plastic paint? How did it hold up? Good idea or bad?
Our grass was and still is looking pitiful so it was a good time to replace a bunch of it with concrete. Anyway, still lot of work to get it looking good, but I wanted to show off some of our hard work! I am sure I will have more questions as we continue to improve it...