Before & After: Alexandra’s Make-Under Covered Patio

before and after garden makeover shed california covered patio

When I saw Alexandra’s shed makeover on Design*Sponge this morning, my first thought, was geez Grace and her team are up early (I thought I was the only insomniac blogger!) ….and my second was to click back to the before a couple times trying to make sure that the ‘after’ was really a product of the ‘before’.   Taking an old run down shed, and making it under by removing the top half of the walls in order to create a covered patio is a genius idea for transforming this back garden space.  If this where mine, I would have the ceiling covered with twinkle lights so every dinner outside could still be under the ‘stars’ and I’d have clematis or rose vines growing up those posts.

before and after garden makeover shed california covered patio

before and after garden makeover shed california covered patio

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. erin on February 26, 2011 at 9:38 am

    that looks great! i would love to hang out in a space like that each morning while i sip my coffee & read blogs!

  2. Laguna Dirt on February 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    LOVE this! it’s a bit spartan still but that’s also it’s charm. i agree with you on the lights and a plant or two!

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