Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Stone Patio Addition Part - 1

I finally have something new to share with you, I have been gone a while due to unforeseen circumstances but I am back again to share a new project with you.  My husband and I have been working on our curb appeal in the front yard and outdoor living spaces in the backyard, today’s project is one we did in the backyard.  We have kind of a funny yard with a large terraced hill as part of our backyard and two nice size yards on each side of it.  We also have some grass in front of the hill and a long narrow cement patio with a wooden pergola over that patio.  One side yard is cemented in where the previous owner had a spa (no longer there before we moved in) and the other side yard was a good size but used as a dog run for two large dogs who loved to chew up everything in site, including all the plants and most of the trees, it was pretty much a barren waste land out there and very hot.  This side yard is viewed everyday through the dining room/living room window and the kitchen window, talk about an ugly view, yuck! 

(Rocks and stones from all over this part of the yard, there were a lot, makes a cool rock garden!)

The very first spring after we moved in we began to get that space in shape, we dug up tons of old bones, dead tree stumps, weeds and a boat load of landscaping rocks and stepping stones.  The neighbors told me that part of the yard was once really beautiful with professional landscaping consisting of privacy trees, shrubs and flowers, what a shame.  Because it was early spring the ground was super soft so we got a Rota tiller and dug it all up to even out the hug holes the dogs left in the ground.  Once it was level we moved around all the rock and stepping stones, added a bunch of extra potted plants from around the rest of the yard and spread in some red mulch/bark to cover up all the dirt.  We really wanted a stone patio but it just was not in the budget at the time and we were not really sure what we wanted to do with that part of our outdoor space.  We had been thinking of making it a play yard for the grandchildren but we were not sure what to do with it, we just knew we did not want the ugly view anymore.  When we finished the new yard space I sent my oldest sister a photo of it and she dubbed it the “Zen Garden”, it was so pretty and tranquil she was right on track. We had a huge iron and canvas pergola we could not find a large enough home for on the other side of the yard so we put it up in our new “Zen Garden”, it just barely fit but really did the trick of cutting down the blazing sun and heat on that side of the house without cutting out any of the light.  Woohoo!!! We finally had something nice to look at even if it was only temporary! 

Thanks for letting me share part 1 of our patio story, part two is up next with the addition of the new stone patio, I can’t wait to show you, keep reading to see it in a day or two, maybe even tomorrow if I can keep on writing without much interruption.
See you soon.


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