My backyard oasis is 98% done!

I must admit, it took a bit longer than I anticipated due to some last-minute changes to decor, but the last of my goodies are slated to arrive next week. A few days ago my Unison Home items arrived (pictured above), and it’s totally rewarding to see my mood board come to life! Given the week or so delay, I thought I’d give a bite-sized update on where I’m at —  financially and physically.

The biggest expense by far was the patio which came in at around $6,000. (That 6k did include the removal of my old stones and concrete slab which I’m assuming ate up at least 25% of the overall fee.) I chose relatively cheap stone, but in the end, I covered 600 square feet, so that’s a cost of $10 per square foot which is pretty typical given they removed 400 square feet of crap as well. I was able to bite the cost bullet thanks to the huge cost savings from our kitchen renovation (which totalled around $7,000). I DIY a lot of aspects of my home, but the patio was one area I decided it was better to spend the money to get professionals to do it. Here’s another peek:

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Furniture and decor-wise, my IKEA ÄPPLARÖ furniture came to around $650, the Wayfair chairs and decor totalled around $500, and the tableware goods I got from Unison Home came to another $500 (although, a lot of the things from Wayfair and Unison Home are things  I will use in my kitchen and dining room for a long time to come, not just a backyard expense.)

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Edit: I forgot to add the cost of my pergola which was $520, so all in, I’m looking at $8,170 — wowza!

As much anxiety as that high number gives me, the home really needed, which brings me to the important point of considering the costs of these things in relation to making a great investment. If and when I go to rent or sell the home, I know that 6k for the patio will come back to me — and then some — and the furnishings and decor are things I’ll take with me to use and enjoy for years and years and years to come.

If you’d like a source list of all of the things I got, visit the bottom of this process post.

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