I love a good before & after.. Who doesn't, right?! They give such a great insight into what is possible and provide inspiration to make you think, "Well if they can do what they have with THAT space, surely we can do this with THIS space".
And it also makes the pain of going through change worthwhile... When you can look back and say, "Thank goodness we did it. How did we live with how it was for so long??".
I'm a big believer that your environment has such a huge impact on your wellbeing. And sometimes you do not understand how much until you change it.
With us heading into construction phase for a few of our projects I'm excited to share more and more before & afters as they come about. The first we'll kick off with is our own pool courtyard renovation...
The 'before' was a small courtyard with a concrete floor and a sliding door that provided access to and from the residence. You can kind of see what I mean by this in the first two pictures... Not that there was much to see. Beyond the front wall (that was demolished, along with the concrete floor) was a bank of sloping dead grass up to the street (our backyard is actually our front yard). Its north facing aspect meant that the courtyard heated up like an oven in summer.. No matter what we did in the space, it just never felt right. It was BLAND. If we wanted it to change, we had to it proper. No half-assed attempts... a FULL overhaul was required.
We installed a concrete plunge pool (3m x 2.5m), whitewashed the walls, painted the steel beams black, replaced the sliding door with steel bifold windows and created a daybed lounge area in the new stone clad wall. We also reclaimed a hell of a lot of our very precious land by pushing this wall all the way out to the front boundary. This allowed us to bring the, now useable, lawn into the pool courtyard space.
Here are the after pics (many of which I'm sure you've seen flooded on my Insta feed)...
SUPPLIERS & MATERIALS LIST
Garden Design by Mon Palmer, Slightly Garden Obsessed
Whitewash from Bauwerk Colour www.bauwerk.com.au
Newport Stone from Eco Outdoor www.ecooutdoor.com.au
Pool design by Mon Palmer, installed by Select Pools
Concrete by Exposed Worx
Plants from Coast Road Palms www.coastroadpalms.com
Steel windows and gate by BCA Fabrications www.bcafab.com
Lighting by The Garden Light Company www.thegardenlightcompany.com.au
Copper shower rose by Heritage Bathware www.heritagebathware.com.au
Copper bike custom made with love by Mon's boyfriend Phil