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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Our new back patio

We've been busy around our farm since we've moved in. Today I wanted to show you the progress we've made on our patio. These first few photos are of how the patio area looked when we first moved in.
It was a mucky mess. They had raised garden beds and a big old log was sitting out there. The ground was not level and had dips where water and mud gathered.
It had a fence all around it. Our vision was to clear all of this out and make a patio, outdoor kitchen and  a fire-pit.
 The first step was removing the raised beds and all the other debris (which my hubby, Eric did the summer before) and then to level it. Eric and our son, Hayden, worked hard leveling the whole area.
 Once it was level we really started to dream! We spray-painted out the plan for the patio.
 Before we had cement poured my husband hired his buddy to finish off the back steps that lead to the deck. For some reason, they stopped the steps about a foot shy of where the deck starts and there is river rock in there.
 This looks so much better and it's safer too.
 It's kind of a bummer that the patch will be pretty obvious, but with time it will fade and we are talking about painting all of it.
 Let's get back to the patio project now. We decided to build a retaining wall on the east side and make a walkway there that is level with the two little outbuildings we have there.
 Our friend, Matt, is a great mason and he did the project for us.
 My husband bought all of these cinder blocks.
 Matt is getting started, it's looking good!
 He's almost done, he just needs to put the red caps on top.
 Next the guys framed up the steps and walkway behind the retaining wall.
 These projects tend to grow. At first we were going to stop at the end of the first outbuilding, but then decided it would be really nice to have access between the houses.
The retaining wall and stairs are done and now it's time to prepare for the patio cement. We had several loads of gravel delivered and Eric spread it all out evenly, which was very hard work. Then Eric and Matt framed it all up.
 This huge concrete culvert will become our fire-pit.
 It's all ready for the concrete to be delivered!
 I was at work when the concrete was poured and this is what I found when I came home! There was a hick-up though. The weather turned on us and dropped below freezing. When the owner of the cement truck went to pick up the concrete at 7:30 am, the huge concrete machine was frozen and seized up. They were not able to get the product until after 10:00 am, so this put them behind.
 It's so pretty! We had them dye the concrete a rusty red because we are having them stamp it to look like brick! The color is so pretty! Those metal things standing up in the middle of the concrete are brackets to hold the big beams that will hold up the patio cover.
 These are the stamps that the workers will use to create the faux brick.
 When the concrete was firm enough, they started stamping. First they sprinkled black dye over the red to give a more realistic aged brick look.
 They laid the stamps down and stood on them. We were so pleased with the outcome!
 It started getting dark, but there's not stopping now. What great work ethic, they worked until 9:00 at night.
 The weather dropped to below freezing again, so they covered it with visqueen and used this industrial heater to warm it all night.
 It worked and it dried over night.
 It turned out beautiful!
 We are so pleased! It's so pretty and looks very much like brick!
When I came home from work the next night the concrete was dry enough to walk on and my husband said,  "Get your coat and get some lawn chairs, we are going to have our first fire-pit tonight to inaugurate the patio!"
 He brought over some wood and built a fire.
 It works great!
 I loved this night! I love our new patio and fire-pit and can't wait to finish this project and have many memories out here!
 The next step is making this lower retaining wall and...
...laying brick around the fire-pit. This spring we will start building the outdoor kitchen and adding the patio cover.

It's really fun making this place our own. We love the country life!

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

Hugs, Sharon


jen said...

It looks awesome!
I really enjoy and am inspired by all the work you are doing to your new place !
Look forward to seeing more :)
Thank you for sharing- that concrete to look like brick is do cool !

All the best

Anonymous said...

Love your patio! We too did a stamped concrete patio in a cobblestone design in grey. It was done ten years ago and still looks fabulous. You and your family work so hard. I always look forward to your home improvement posts, it is always such a beautiful transformation.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy your posts Sharon! I like that you show projects in the process and completed. Hope you are doing well. Praying for you!

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