We finished our new patio! I wrote a "slice of life" about this sanity project back in April. We've worked very hard since then. Yes, it took us many weeks, working around our babysitting duties and other time demands. In the end, we created this 11' x 12' space just in time for a weekend of the most incredible weather (cool, dry, low humidity). Let me share photos from 'start to finish' of our work, and a short poem about the project, as well.
|We no sooner dug out the patio, when rain was expected.
|First, we made a layer of pea gravel.
|Then we add rock dust, and began placing flagstones.
|If you like puzzles, you will enjoy this!
|Our patio is done.
all good projects
I wonder, do all good projects start with a sense of frustration?
my overall crankiness about our ill-defined, unkempt, blah backyard
the eyesore of the rusting fire pit
the plague of weeds and mud
the annoyance of no place to sit and relax
the exasperation of home remodeling delays delays delays
we traded these for a do-it-ourselves flagstone patio
this desire to get something done,
to imagine start do finish enjoy
walking the stone yard, choosing flagstone
days of sweaty labor, down on our knees
measuring digging leveling
pea gravel rock dust
negotiating our different approaches, rethinking
more sweaty labor, down on our knees
laying the flagstone
adding more rock dust
leveling, adjusting, repositioning