Porch and Patio Upgrades From Inspiration To Installation

When we built our home, I specifically wanted a screened in porch and a brick patio as part of our backyard design. I had very detailed ideas about the patio, as I remember. There were two crepe myrtle trees in the area where the patio would be constructed, so we designed the patio with two circle openings for the trees. I also requested to have the patio layout with brick pavers in a herringbone design. Once we finished the porch and patio, took a step back, and saw our work come together exactly as we had imagined, that was our “love it” moment. Except for those Summer days when the temperature hits around 100 degrees, we use this outdoor living space as much as we can.

Herringbone Brick Patio

Porch and Patio Upgrades | From Inspiration To Installation

Along the way, we have made improvements here and there. Here is a photo of our patio before we updated with new furniture.

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In the past couple of years, we have updated the porch with new outdoor furniture and installed outdoor speakers flushed into the wall. Step by step, we are turning it into our own outdoor dream space.

Porch Upgrades

The next porch and patio upgrades on my list are all about lighting. For simple lighting DIY projects that Sam and I can accomplish ourselves, I have found that Build.com is a great resource. There is an entire “Outdoor Center” with video instruction complete with buying guides and how to step by step instructions. A couple of helpful guides in the Lighting Learning Center are “How to Choose Outdoor Lighting”, “How To Choose Landscape Lighting” and “How To Install An Outdoor Wall Sconce.” I would love to install a couple of wall sconces on the porch, and plan where to place some landscape lighting around the patio. Here are a couple of lighting fixtures on Build.com that caught my eye, along with a video on how to install them!

Learn How To Install a Wall Sconce

From inspiration to installation, Build.com brings together personalized customer service with endless choices and the convenience of online shopping, enabling anyone to turn their home design dreams into reality. Build.com takes the guesswork out of any home improvement experience by providing endless choices, at-your-door deliveries, access to trade professionals and a dedicated product expert who can guide you every step of the way.


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