I am a Victorian Soul, who lives in a small townhouse that was built in the mid 1970's, not a huge Mega Mansion!! I just recently lost my Hubby Joe, who was a Retired Letter Carrier. I worked night shift as an RN on a Hospital based Rehabilitation( Physical Medicine) Unit for 37 years before I had Knee Replacement Surgery and officially Retired in 2019 after 41 years working in Direct Patient Care ... I am so glad that we retired at 62 years of age and got to spend that time together before he passed....I still do love Retirement!!!!


George Eliot
George Eliot was actually a pen name for a woman named Mary Anne Evans......


Friday, June 23, 2017

Bumping Out "The Bump Out", The Patio Project, Part 5, 2017


Today, I will be sharing how I bumped out " The Bump Out" section of our Patio........
But first, I want to Thank Kathy, over at A Delightsome Life, for featuring my post, Our Very Wet Cottage Garden, from last week's Home and Garden Linky Party!!
Thanks so much, Kathy!!

And I also want to Thank Bev, over at Eclectic Red Barn, for featuring my post, The Patio Project, Part 3, Joe's Side, as one of the monthly features from the You're The Star Blog Hop!!
Thanks so much , Bev!! And also Thanks to Bev's Co Host, Angie, over at God's Growing Garden!!

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A few years ago, I wanted to provide more shade than the awning off the back of our townhouse provided in our patio and back yard.........
 So I extended the Patio by placing pavers beyond the concrete block between the 2 walkways, making it large enough for a table, chair and a small umbrella that is actually a beach umbrella........
You can see "The Bump Out" part of the Patio in a photo I shared in a post from a few weeks ago......
We were given a market umbrella that measured 8 1/2 ft.in diameter by a friend of ours but it was too big to fit on "The Bump Out" because of the awning which was exactly the reason why we were using a beach umbrella to start with!

But I really liked this market umbrella so I came up with an idea......

To bump out "The Bump Out"!!

Now it was me and not Joe who laid the pavers for "The Bump Out" in the first place so I got busy again........
I dug out the part of the garden to the exact size of the umbrella stand.........

I had 2 extra pavers and 2 bricks that came from the demolition of my childhood church so I used them.......
I then took some of the rocks that created a border down one of the walkways in the garden and framed out the new "Bump Out"
I did have to transplant 2 perennials.......
I think the rock border makes it look more natural......
You can see how the umbrella stand fits nicely in the new bumped out area!!
I also placed smaller scalloped brick borders that I already had on each side.....
I like how it came out.....
The table and chair fit nicely in front.....
 And here is my "new" market umbrella in place!!
 By putting it back further, it does not hit the patio awning!!
It does provide more shade then the other one did.....
What did I do with the larger scalloped brick borders that I took out to make room for the new bumped out area?

I used them for the left side of this walkway......
I also had some extra pieces of the scalloped brick border that a neighbor gave me so I decided to use them too!!

I used them as a border for this walkway to the shed......
I also used a few spare bricks that I had.....
And a spare paver to make the walkway a bit wider......
 I know it is not perfect but I did not spend a dime ofr any of these little projects and I think it looks quaint and charming!

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I bumped out "The Bump Out"!!
 And I hope you will be back to visit again soon.......
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  1. It looks just wonderful. I'm re doing as well. But these days it takes me longer. Happy Saturday with love Janice

  2. The umbrella fits into that space very nicely... a good solution to your problem of where to put it. Glad it worked out so well. :)

  3. How clever of you to bump out.....and how inventive to use all the left over pieces around the garden! Your new umbrella has a duel purpose....shade and color to your pretty garden area! hugs....

  4. Your yard is so cute! I enjoy seeing all of your photos!

  5. Love your new market umbrella. Such a pretty color. And the new bump out is perfect. The rock border is great, I want more rocks in my garden...
    :) gwingal

  6. Debbie, Great thinking to make the larger umbrella work for you. I'm sure you will appreciate the xtra shade of the larger umbrella as summer moves on! Great job! Take care of you and Joe! ~Laurie

  7. I think its really cute what you have done with your patio garden, clean and neat!
    Hope to have you drop by #OMHGWW and #OMHGFF this week!
    Have a wonderful week!

  8. Debbie, the bump-out is great! Your garden is really quite beautiful! Thank you for sharing it at Make it Pretty Monday! Hope you're having a lovely week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  9. Ahhh . . . the new market umbrella looks great and provides some welcome shade. The bumped out bump-out is the perfect place for it.

  10. The bump out is perfect for your umbrella stand. Love the special bricks! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  11. Looks great Debbie! Thanks for sharing your creative project at Vintage Charm!

  12. Your outdoor space is looking great, Debbie! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinning.

  13. I love your "Bump Out" Debbie. It's such an ingenious idea and you hardly even notice it's there when the umbrella stand is pushed inwards. Very clever and I'm still super impressed that you did all that work yourself. You go girl!!!!

  14. Wow, you did an amazing job at bumping out your bump out :-) I love that it gives you room to add your table and it looks like it created a nice walkway.


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