With a year of blogging under our belt and seeing only one renovation project start from square one is a little depressing. Too bad we didn’t hop on the blog train before we started finishing our basement, huh? Well, this year, we’ve got some big projects in store and we’re going to take you along for the ride. Let the Blog Fest begin! First project on our to do list, rip up the old and pour a new concrete patio.
I’ve already shared my annoyances. First, I think it would be helpful to share the layout of our current patio. The walkway to the garage is completely covered with dirt, so I didn’t bother drawing that in.
The grey us where our current patio is, the dark grey as rock and the brown circle toward the top is the Ash tree, which we will cut down at some point. The south-east corner doesn’t extend completely. The new patio will, like this:
Over the weekend, we started planning the layout by pounding long nails into the corners. Vincent had to help, of course.
With the stakes in place, Ben wrapped string around to form a perimeter. Then we moved a few nails to tweak the design and took a few walks around to test the layout.
We decided on an angled path from the main patio area to the garage.
Our current patio is roughly 8 feet wider than the planned patio will be, but will remain the same depth from the house. We’ll add an angled walking path from the new, smaller patio to the garage. The concrete will go around the basement bathroom window well (the half circle), up to the house. A walking path will sit a few inches from the edge of my office window well (the white box with rounded corners), leaving room on either side of the window for rocks with a small plant. I’d also love to have a row of hydrangeas along the eastern edge of the patio, to soften the edges and act as a pretty barrier between the yard and patio. And because I love hydrangeas. And because our yard slopes there and it may be tough for little feet to manage. And because I love hydrangeas.
We’ll keep the concrete stairs because they are in perfect condition, just need a good cleaning. The new concrete slab will sit a few inches higher than the surrounding grass to help keep dirt off, but three or so inches below the bottom stair. This should help explain.
Because we’re removing the area where the grills are, we’ll have to relocate the grill. Probably to the right of the stair was you walk out, south for the men reading this. Why is it that men always use North, South, East and West when giving directions while women usually use right, left or straight? Or landmarks. When we pour the concrete in the back, we’ll also pull out the pavers in our front walkway to pour a seamless concrete slab extending from the stairs to our concrete driveway.
Some of the pavers will be repurposed as the grill platform. How about a little side by side plan comparison?
What warm weather projects are on your to do list? Have you ever poured a concrete patio? Or completed any sort of patio?