Podcast 30: Fantastic Backyard Makeover

With Guests Jami and Brian Boys

Porch Ideas Network Podcast Logo Jami and Brian Boys - An Oregon Cottage A backyard makeover doesn't have to cost a bundle and our guests, Jami and Brian Boys explain how they transformed their yard into an outdoor oasis.

By reusing an old deck and working on it over a period of time, they turned an ordinary backyard into an outdoor room complete with gazebo, an eating area, an herb garden and lovely walkways.

You'll learn it is not just the individual areas that are important but rather how everything ties together to complete the look. It is fun discovering how they used materials they already had along with some new features to reduce the expense yet create an amazing outdoor space.


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Podcast Highlights: Backyard Makeover

Backyard makeover from An Oregon Cottage
Before and after of a backyard makeover
We really enjoyed our discussion with our friends, Jami and Brian, who often do projects together for their 1980's ranch. Jami is the author of An Oregon Cottage and regularly posts about easy DIY projects, wonderful whole foods recipes and joyful living. Jami and Brian talked about this backyard transformation with us.

You'll learn such things as:
  • How to reuse an old deck.
  • Discover inexpensive materials for constructing your backyard outdoor room
  • How you can use wasted space in your new backyard
  • Discover benefits of using gravel pads and walkways
  • How Jami and Brian tied everything together in a cohesive setting
  • How they prioritized the features they wanted


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Program Excerpts: Fantastic Backyard Makeover

WIth Jami and Brian Boys:

High on the List

"I knew I wanted the idea of an outdoor room and I definitely high on the list I wanted a herb garden right outside the kitchen."


Privacy and Ground Level Decks

"One of the reasons you may not want a ground level deck is if you have a privacy fence, like we have a six-foot privacy fence around our yard, and your deck is 15 or more inches off the ground you can now see everyone else's yards, so why have the deck."


Knowing Your Requirements

"Another one of our goals was to make sure if we wanted to go out and get wood we wouldn't be going out through the mud because it is wet most of the time here so we had all these practical things we needed."


The Right Gravel

"We learned the wrong way on some other projects. We were getting driveway gravel which starts at 3/4 inch but goes all the way down to real fine. It packs nicely but in pathways it is a weed bed.

But in the back we got 3/4 to 1/2 inch crushed and there's no dirt in it (actually call "no fine")."


Backyard Makeover in Photos

crushed stone for patio area
Gravel patio area



finished backyard makeover with gazebo
Finished backyard outdoor room with gazebo



herb garden and brick walkway along back of home
Beautiful herb garden and walkway



DIY backyard makeover
Jami and Brian's backyard makeover is wonderfully done



Backyard makeover from An Oregon Cottage
Before and after - awesome transformation



Remodeling Their Ranch Style Home

front of Jami and Brian's ranch home with an extended porch

Want to see another project at Jami and Brian's home? They turned their garage into living space and extended their porch. All on their cottage style ranch style house.





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