by Texas Homesteader ~
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RancherMan & I spend a lot of time in the outdoor living space on the back porch. A LOT!
With so much time spent in this outdoor living area it just makes sense to make the space as inviting as possible.
Come see how we turned this inexpensive porch extension into our own outdoor oasis!
The back porch was simply a long, boring ribbon of cement. So we added the pretty wooden porch extension to completely change the look and feel. The addition completely changed the flow of our back porch and we love it!
Plus, it was very strategically placed to extend out from the west end of the cement porch. That way it also helps to block the hottest afternoon summer sun from hitting the living room windows of our home.
Sometimes just considering extra benefits like that, you can save money in the long haul too. This shading from the porch will for years cut down on the energy needed to keep our home cool just because of where we decided to place it.
Outdoor Space For Rest
Oftentimes RancherMan & I will sit on the porch in the mornings and enjoy our coffee together as we watch the sunrise. What a wonderfully peaceful way to start the day.
And when we’ve been bustin’ it in pastures in the hot summer sun we take a break & cool down with an icy-cold beverage in the shade of the porch before hitting our chores again.
The porch offers shade and rest as we sit and rest. We’ll use this time to rehydrate with cold water.
Plus almost every night after supper we once again return to the porch to end our day. It’s so enjoyable to watch the sunset, talking about our day and our dreams.
More Places To Gather
But this new outdoor living area also expanded our entertaining seating options. Long benches were built along the sides of the porch. Even more seating!
It’s been great for family gatherings when we typically gather outside anyway. More people can now lounge in the shade.
RancherMan & I wanted to add a small table to go in the corner so we could enjoy eating supper outside from time to time. We’d contemplated an iron bistro set but they were pricey. Plus they weren’t really the rustic look we were going for.
Since we’re planning on planting huge galvanized tubs as part of the landscaping and also making a rainwater collection out of a galvanized tub, I wanted something to tie in with that look.
So we bought a large galvanized can and RancherMan built a top for it from old barnwood. Yeah, I like it!
And we bought a couple of lightweight folding stools too. The table top is removable so we can store these small folding stools right inside when they’re not in use.
I’m experimenting with ways to disguise the fact that it’s just a metal trashcan. Maybe wrapping jute around the top? Maybe adding some sort of rustic embellishment to the side?
I haven’t really decided yet. Y’all have any ideas??
Of Course A Porch Swing
Years ago I bought RancherMan a very heavy porch swing. We enjoyed it for several years before we moved here.
But with the narrow design of our cement porch at this Homestead home, there was really no place for it. So for quite a while it’s been tucked out in the storage shed.
But now?? Oh now it came out of the shed and was dusted off and hung where we could use and enjoy it every day.
RancherMan & I like to end a long, hard day by grabbing a cool beverage and sitting on that porch swing to watch the sun fade into the horizon. (deep sigh)
We talk about our day, our plans for tomorrow, or sometimes for long periods of time – nothing at all. We just drink it all in… together.
Oh yeah, I love this new outdoor living space. We’ve always ended our day on the back porch, but with this new extension we’re out here even more now!
Bee Friendly & Edible Landscaping
Now that our porch extension has been built of course I wanted to surround it with lovely landscaping. I was after a primarily edible landscape plan with lots of bee-friendly flowers too.
I opted for lots of herbs that the bees loved such as oregano and thyme. I also planted other edibles here, as well as a few bee-friendly flowers.
But all this new landscaping didn’t cost much, y’all. Come see how we landscaped our new outdoor living area gorgeously on the cheap!
Y’all know I don’t irrigate with treated water. It’s only captured rainwater for me. But can we add a rainwater feature to our outdoor living space and stay in the peaceful theme?
Yep. RancherMan even added a Rainwater Catchment System using another galvanized trough. That tied in nicely with the other galvanized metal features of our new outdoor living space.
And we put fish in this trough to keep the mosquitoes at bay. Just another finishing touch to keep in line with my eco-friendly drive while maintaining the look we wanted.
All of this adds up to a nice, peaceful outdoor living space to spend more time enjoying the beauty of the outdoors.
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