The unseasonably warm temperatures of this past week inspired Tim and me to get outside and get busy “summerizing” out patio space. We currently live in a single-wide trailer on a rental property that used to hold a double-wide, so we have an extremely large cement pad running the length of our home, which is nice. However, they also left the cinder blocks around it that the double-wide once sat on. This, quite honestly, is a complete eye-sore. But, it’s a rental property, so there isn’t much we can do about it except try to mask it.
The Plan: In order to create a comfortable and inviting outdoor summer space, we chose to erect an awning/cabana at the far end of the patio, under which we will arrange our table and chairs, grill and additional seating. To square it off, I added two planters of Primrose flowers at the base of the forward-facing poles. We plan to purchase a fire pit, which we will place at the opening of the cabana.
Tim and I enjoy growing our own vegetables, but our lease states that we are not to plant anything in the lawn. Last year we had a small planter garden, so we will do that again this year, only on a much larger scale. We plan to purchase long rectangular planters and line the perimeter of the patio with them. This will not only allow us to grow our own produce, but it will also mask the unappealing cinder blocks.
My final project will be to create a planter to house my herb garden. I found this great planter while browsing Pinterest (see photo below). I’m hoping that Tim and I can figure out an easy way to construct it ourselves. I plan to place the finished planter between the steps and deck of our porch to square off the open section of the patio.
The patio is definitely a work-in-progress. But, once it is finished, it will be a great area to relax or entertain during warm summer nights!