{20 Day Challenge} Day 15 - Patio

A perfect way to kick start the long weekend. 

It is Labour Day on Monday so a lot of families pack up the car and head away for the weekend - for us, we will be getting stuck into the backyard - getting it all tidy and ready for the upcoming Summer months (and later, for when we put the house on the market. 

On Monday, I helped my partner stain the deck...it was in desperate need of a facelift...thankfully Miss B was at school and Master M was fast asleep (actually slept for 2 1/2 hours), so in that time we managed to get it all done - under a very hot sun (I got my first tan lines).

Before (deck was water-blasted on Saturday)
Masking tape - Bryce painted the board edges a darker shade 
Steps done - Looking good
Deck freshly stained - Looks much better

Different angle of the deck - looks great against the house (Bryce painted it last year)
After we finished staining the deck, we had a look around at the yard to see what else needed to be done - let's just say there is quite a few little jobs that need to be done before we put the house on the market...including the paved BBQ area. 

I was really happy that Patio/Outdoor Area was coming up this week on the 20 Days to Organise and Clean Your Home Challenge, so I told Bryce I will do the BBQ area this week so that it matches our newly stained deck and to complete our Patio/Outdoor Area. 

So today, I had a mission - the yuccas were massive & overgrown and the pavers were dirty and overdue a water-blasting. I knew I had at least a 45 minute sleep cycle to get it done - so I got stuck in.  I attacked the yuccas first, pulling off all the dead leaves and making it tidier - stopping just above the trellis. It looks great now...more open and more appealing to the eye. Then got the water-blaster out and gave the pavers a once over. It does need some 30 Seconds, just to lift the stubborn stains, and another water-blast. The paved area looks a lot better now though, don't you think. 

Massive and overgrown yucca

BBQ area after water-blasting (needs some 30Seconds & another blast)


That's much better - Nice tall yucca
So what do you think? 
I personally think the BEFORE and AFTER photos are amazing! I have had some really positive feedback from other members doing the challenge, one person said "Wow that looks great and very inviting" - Hopefully potential buyers think so too. I've got a feeling it's going to be hard leaving this place next year. 

In the meantime, I am going to enjoy every single (sunny) moment relaxing in our awesome Outdoor Area :) BRING ON SUMMER!

Have a lovely weekend

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