Our concrete patio is (mostly) done!

It’s an exciting day at our house! The patio is (pretty much) done! 
I shared our plan for a concrete patio a couple months ago — there was a long lead time before they could get out and install, which is to be expected. Check that post out to see the design I drew up for the space! 
I mentioned in that post that I have one main goal with our new backyard — LOW maintenance. I don’t want much wood we have to stain every few years, I don’t want pavers that we have to weed all the time…I just want plain, basic concrete. 😉 
We already have an awesome covered porch where we spend a lot of time: 
Covered patio with four chairs
But we always knew we’d want more of an outdoor space. We are so lucky because this backyard is so much bigger than our last one — we have so much space to work with! We waited on a patio until we knew exactly what we wanted to do. 
They finished up the patio today, so for now we can just look at it. 😉 I’m SO stinking excited to get stuff moved on here!: 
Brushed concrete patio with fire pit
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Large basic concrete patio with fire pit circle
This weekend we’ll be able to walk on it, and next week they’ll remove the debris and the forms around the edge of the concrete.
I know many of you were surprised we went with basic concrete, but I love it! I prefer the simple look to most stamped designs I’ve seen. 
This round fire pit spot is our favorite! They built a hole with a drainage pipe that runs to the back of the patio, which is great: 
Concrete patio with round fire pit area
Eventually we plan to add a seating wall around the patio on this spot. Because of the slope in our yard it is higher here than anywhere else. 
I know it’s not much to look at now, but I can see it all dressed up in my head!:
Large concrete patio
Here’s a peek at the items we picked for the patio. Since the stores are mostly sold out of outdoor furniture already, I went with this inexpensive outdoor wood table I found online:
Wood outdoor table metal legs
It had great reviews for the most part so I have high hopes. I’ll update you when I get it put together! 
I found these wicker folding chairs at Target the other day and grabbed up the last four: 
Blue and white folding outdoor chairs
Super cute right? I hope they work well with the table. They weren’t cheap so I’m keeping the tags on in case I find something less expensive. 
We had a retaining wall and fire pit quoted for the round area and they came back with a price almost double what we paid for the patio! Whoa. Instead we bought this DIY fire pit kit from Menards: 

DIY fire pit kit
It looks pretty easy so hopefully we can get that set up quickly and get some fires going!
I’ve told you all before how excited I am to start planting again…and I can barely wait! We hope to have the grass dug up around the patio once I decide on a plan for the landscape — I hope in the next week or two. 
The landscaping will be expensive so it will happen over time. Thankfully we’ve hit the timing just right because a lot of perennials will be on sale soon. The fall is a great time to plant so I’m looking forward to getting my hands dirty again! 

We also plan to add the same outdoor string lighting we had at the last house. These lights are simply the best and I have a plan to hang them over the patio:
The best outdoor string lights
Again, I hope to do that before the fall! I can’t wait to start tackling all of these projects! 
I’ll be sure to share the patio as everything gets added. Can’t wait to start lugging everything out of the garage that we’ve had in there for two years. 😉


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Our concrete patio is (mostly) done!