Outdoor Living Refresh

Happy April! As I type this we still have a tiny bit of snow on the ground and the temps are hovering in the high 30’s. But we are hardy folk here in Michigan and it’s time to plan for our next project, An outdoor living refresh! We will be spending the next eight weeks working on giving the outdoor spaces a major refresh at our latest Airbnb!

The deck is HUGE!

We will be participating once again in the One Room Challenge for this refresh and I couldn’t be more excited!

If you are not familiar with The One Room challenge the ORC is a challenge where participants get to show how they transform a space and show all the good bad and the ugly for people to follow along in the journey.

The challenge will last for 8 weeks.

It is addicting to follow along with.

This is the ORC’s 10th year and Apartment Therapy is the media partner for the ORC.

Last Spring we completed a small deck refresh at our first Airbnb for the ORC and our guests LOVE it. You can see the project details here.

Okay, let’s get this party started!

Outdoor living space with giant DIY letter board and living plant wall.
Our 2021 Spring One Room challenge gave us a lovely outdoor living space for our Airbnb guests.

Details on the outdoor living plans

We have a LOT of deck to deal with.

Let me say that again.

It’s a LOT of deck!


Deck before being stained
Two Tiered deck

Since the house will primarily be a short term rental will need to make sure our outdoor living spaces comfortably work for 8 people.

Dining and seating areas are very important. Adding a fire pit and lighting for cozy outdoor evenings are also important.

I really want to modernize the space also. Think Modern Cozy Cottage.

Yikes, this view really needs some love.

Outdoor Space at Airbnb (before shot).

So here is the plan as of today.

  • Power wash deck- DONE
  • Clean the concrete pad
  • STAIN and protect the deck
  • New lighting
  • Create a living and a dining space
  • Need a grill
  • Clean up the flowerbeds
  • Build a fire pit area
  • Games? Entertainment?
Outdoor Deck leading into yard.
Steps leading to the yard.

Mood Board for outdoor living space

Mood board for a Modern Cottage Deck. Outdoor Living Spaces.
Mood Board for Outdoor space

I am still working on a mood board for the yard space. I’ll share that next Wednesday.

I hope you will follow along and be sure to check out all the other designers plans over on the One Room Challenge page.

ORC logo.

Until next time,


You may enjoy peeking at some of my previous ORC challenges

Our Basement Renovation

Kitchen Refresh

and my favorite:

Short term rental reveal

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  1. Cindy says:

    Saying this is a big deck is an understatement. I have never seen a deck this large.

    Good luck with the update!

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