Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Patio - Phase One

Welcome. My house is a new home built from brick and stone. My husband and I decided to add a patio on the back of the house to match the front .

If you go back to my March 21st, 2008 blog entry, I had some photos of a stone walkway and church. I mentioned that I wanted that look in my own backyard . I think publishing this on the World Wide Web was the little nudge my dear hubby needed.

Fast forward through a ton of hard work and tons of rock...

Before ~ Kinda blah, right?

Before, looking down from an upstairs window. As my kids would say,

My husband took off work early several days to come home and start digging.
We have clay soil here. What a messy job. This photo is the second layer of the crushed granite we put in and then tamped it down. No power tools used here!

The boards were placed so we could run another board acrosss the top and get an even layer of granite. I am glad I was not in charge of this. It would have been lopsided.

Annie could not figure out why we were tearing up a perfectly good yard...

Morgan, my youngest son, came home from college just in time!

My dear hubby John, Morgan, and my oldest son, Ryan, trying to fit the stones together just right. It was a giant mosaic. I must say these three are perfectionist and the process took much longer than I would have ever imagined.

Mary Beth, my beautiful daughter-in-law, and my grandson, Jackson, cheering the work crew on.

I bought the gazebo at Target. The box said it would take 1 1/2 hours to assemble. This is not correct....

The chairs sitting on the edge of the patio are from the 1920's. They came with an old home we bought in Waco, Texas. I am planning on having them sandblasted and then painting them, adding wooden arm rests and new cushions.
We are eventually going to add another tier of patio stepping down from this one and have an outdoor fireplace and wooden gazebo. That will be Phase II.

My daughter's dog, Lexi, testing the coolness of the stone.

I love my new flowerbed! I planted Texas friendly plants with a natural look.
We enjoy having a cup of coffee or dinner Alfresco.



Jo Carol said...

Love it! Love it! Love it!

winstonbot said...

looks great are they available for hire? my backyard is in a major need of a facelift...not enough time in the world to do what we need to do ...I keep telling my self baby steps, baby steps, baby steps!!!!