Our Fall 2020 One Room Challenge design plans

The One Room Challenge™ is a biannual event to follows twenty featured designers as they transform spaces in just six weeks.

In addition to those twenty designers, anyone with a blog or instagram account is welcome to join in as a Guest Participant (that’s us!) to transform their own space.

We refreshed the exterior of our house last year for the Fall 2019 One Room Challenge and are excited to be back outside for the Fall 2020 One Room Challenge! This time we are moving from the front of our house over to the side yard. Ironically, we kind of destroyed the side yard during the last One Room Challenge. It was bound to happen sooner or later, but the grass just couldn’t keep with us, our dogs, and especially not the kind of rain we get. This year one of my New Years Resolutions was to whip this yard in to shape, and I thought we were pretty much done with that when we mulched over our mud and added a pergola earlier this year.

This time around we are attempting a pretty serious patio project. We’ve been affectionately calling our plan extendo-patio because it’s basically just doubling the size of our patio. No sweat, right? 😅

This is where we are starting. It’s not bad. The mulch yard could be more beautiful, but it really is a very functional solution for us. Our garden beds have been neglected while we renovated our kitchen and now need some serious TLC to be presentable. But our little patio space is a dreamy little spot to quarantine in!

We are leaning in to our patio love and will be extending the patio to be twice the size it currently is. We already spend a lot of time out here and are excited about making this space a more functional and bold extension of our house.

The timeline for this project is definitely the most concerning part of this project. Six weeks are going to fly by. Especially because we are heading out of town on vacation for one week of it.

  1. Week 1: Demo, set up slab

  2. Week 2: Pour slab

  3. Week 3: On vacation 

  4. Week 4: Tiling 

  5. Week 5: Finishing tasks 

  6. Week 6: Finishing tasks

Looking at this makes me a little nervous because I know a lot of this work falls entirely on Michael. I’m not super helpful when it comes to heavy lifting and the slab setup and pour is going to be very heavy. And I still haven’t even started to think about how we want to furnish and style the space. Lot’s to do!

Make sure to check back next week and also follow along with everyone else participating in the challenge!

This post was written for the  Collected Eclectic blog.

Collected Eclectic was a passion project focused on recording the process as Grace and Michael van Meurer transformed their builder grade home in to something special.

124 blog posts were published between 2018 and 2021. Explore the complete Collected Eclectic archive here

Learn more about the project here

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