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Lakefront Summer Patio and Fire Pit Makeover Reveal (Before & After!)

Today I’m sharing our lakefront lower patio reveal and summer fire pit area, both of which have undergone a huge exterior makeover project, as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Summer Series.

Oh, you guys! This post is a fun one today! My favourite kind of post; a before and after.

If you’ve been following along for a while, then you may remember when I shared our really ugly BEFORE pictures of the exterior of our house along with the plans for how we wanted to give it all a completely new look? Well that was waaaaaaaaayyyy back LAST spring (like, 2017), and things have come a long way! Some of it happened last spring/summer, some in the fall, and then some this year. But all in all we are very close to finally being finished up with our exterior makeover project, and today I’m super excited to share the before/after reveal of our lower patio and fire pit area.

Last spring when I shared our “before” tour of our yard/exterior/siding/deck etc. etc. it was looking like this… EEK! You can see all the “befores” here.

And here is how it is looking now that we have finally finished the exterior projects…

Another BEFORE shot…

And NOW…

An overall of the “BEFORE” of our house, from the lake side…mid-construction, last spring:

And NOW….

Last spring/summer we finished up the fire pit area and got most of the landscaping done, but we still hadn’t tackled our lower patio area. Finally, in September, we resurfaced the old, cracked concrete with a Rustoleum product and I shared the tutorial here.


And NOW…

This makes the perfect shady corner to relax in, since our upper deck is in full sun during the day.

And looking the other direction on our patio, BEFORE…

And NOW…

We added the cedar privacy screen recently and I shared the DIY tutorial here.

Our lawn was also an absolute wreck, BEFORE….

And now, after some simple steps to bring it back to life and consistent fertilizing (it is pretty full of clover, but the lawn is also much healthier and thicker then it was!). I shared the details about our lawn in this post.

And we even finished off the landscaping along the forested side of our yard. This is the BEFORE…

And you can just see past the fire pit area to the AFTER… river rock, soil, some shade plants, and it looks complete!

The garden bed at the side of the house (and the old white vinyl siding), BEFORE…

And NOW…

A big improvement, right?!

Details about what we did:


The Seasonal Simplicity Summer series is back today; and this time we’re all about simple summer decor in our outdoor spaces! Patios, decks, backyards… bring them on! I can’t wait to take in all the gorgeous outdoor inspiration being shared today…

The Happy Housie / Inspiration for Moms / Rooms for Rent / Bless’er House

Shabbyfufu / Summer Adams / Making it in the Moutains / TIDBITS

Confessions of a Serial DIYer / Clean and Scentsible / Just a Girl and Her Blog / Stacy Risenmay

Zevy Joy / Finding Silver Pennies / Deeply Southern Home / A Pretty Life

Southern State of Mind / Amber Tysl / Newly Woodwards

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  1. I love what you did with your outdoor space. And your fire pit area looks stunning. Great work. It must have been very busy for you. But the outcome is worth it.

  2. Wow! You have been busy! Great work and such a fantastic makeover of your outdoor space! I know you must love it! The rocks really set off every other detail. Enjoy!!

  3. Wow, Krista! It’s soooo pretty! Y’all worked soooo hard on this! Looking for a fire pit and I love yours! Enjoy your backyard! Xoxo

    And thanks for getting us together!!

  4. Krista! You’ve just got the most amazing house with the most incredible views! What a beautiful space you’ve created to enjoy it all!

  5. Krista, this is such a huge transformation. Wow! LOVE the navy adirondacks, the firepit, all the plantings and that privacy screen. I have a feeling your gonna make great summer memories here this summer. xx

  6. Beautiful! What a lovely transformation! And the perfect spot to relax and take in those views. Looks like all that hard work has paid off.

  7. Your hard work really has paid off, the transformation in the back yard is amazing. So well done, everything looks perfect, you can’t beat the view of the water! I know you must be really enjoy every aspect of your yard. Great job with everything!

    1. Thank you Laura! We really are enjoying it…so glad to have the summer weather back after a cold June! Can’t wait for summer!

    1. Thank you Jo-Anna! I love a good before and after. It’s so crazy to look back on the before, now! We are so looking forward to school being out and enjoying some summer at the lake!

    1. Thank you Christy! I can’t wait for school to be out around here so we can sit out and enjoy it all day!!

    1. Thanks Janet! It is crazy to look back at the before, I had forgotten how bad it had looked at the time! Can’t wait for school to be out next week so we can start using our outdoor space every day! Thanks for taking part in this hop!!

  8. The makeover is amazing. The transformation is absolute and I love the perfection of the patio, and how come you managed without an inch of imperfection?

    1. Thank you! It’s certainly come a long way from where it was – it was fun to look back at the before’s when I was writing this post. I’d forgotten how it had looked!

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