There are lots of updates we want to make to our back yard area, but we must first start with the patio. As I mentioned in a previous post, our back yard had a strange lower deck thing going on. This past weekend we ripped out the deck and found a big surprise. There was a sidewalk and cement pad under half of the deck!
Instead of ripping up all of the cement only to replace it with patio stone (also made of cement), we decided to keep it – for now. We built out the rest of the patio using the stone with the hopes that they would blend together. This meant a couple of things had to happen. 1) We had to be sure to level the patio stone so there would be a seamless transition. 2) We had to cut some of the patio stones to fit around the sidewalk. 3) We hope that it looks ok even though the colors of the new and old cement are different.
We handled steps 1 and 2 pretty well, but step 3 will take some time. If we don’t like the look of it by next summer we might consider ripping up the cement and finishing out the patio. However, I like the idea of keeping it as it adds some extra ‘charm’ to the house. While digging up the patio extension, our neighbor came out and talked to us about what we’d found. She said that back in the 1800s there used to be a small brick manufacturer where our house currently stands. The cement pad was possibly the back entrance or a loading area of some sort. We thought this was pretty neat and so – for now it stays.
Once the stones were set, we then spent some time leveling each one, adding sand between them, and replacing dirt and grass seed. Next up we’ll figure out the stairs, which are turning out to be quite problematic. Then we’ll get some deck furniture, replace the grill, add some lighting and we’ll be in business!
Once we’re done with the patio – we’ll write a detailed how-to!