2.08.2012

Tales from the Projects - DIY Paver Patio & Pond


Sneak Peek – Patio & Pond
Here is a peek at one of our little ol’ projects.  And by little, I mean HUGE.  A few years ago, Mr. V and I decided to rip out the old rotting deck that came with the house, and replace it with a nice little paver patio.  After a little more discussion, we thought it would be a great idea to also incorporate a small water feature.

Both ideas started out small and ended up quite another thing entirely.  And as is our custom, we did all the work ourselves.  I’ll save all the gory details for another day, but I will tell you this.  It was hell.  Most labor intensive work I have ever done.  At one point, I may have been spotted vomiting off the back of a tailgate from exertion.

It was completed in two phases over the course of a few months.  And we saved $18,000 (just for pond alone) doing it ourselves.  And it was worth every ounce of sweat equity.  I will take better pictures this spring when things come back to life but you should be able to get an idea of the sad ‘before’ and the progression towards the ‘after’ state.

The deck was just over that dirt patch from the french doors to fence

We dug this with shovels - much bigger footprint than old deck

Laying out pattern of tumbled pavers
Paver patio complete - next step landscaping along fence + slab steps

Pond will be sited just off the patio near grill and back to Rose of Sharon bushes
We modified an arbor from Lowe's to function as gate - arborvitaes planted just on other side of fence - down pipe has since been moved to side of house

Wild phase of patio - mr. V HATED the lush look - I lived for it!


Slab steps - we had to shim LH one to get it level due to natural variation in stone

we moved TONS of dirt and brought in extra to build up the back for top waterfall

you can see proximity to patio

Pond - landscaping is in its second season here
 
Arborvitaes along fence are much more mature here and provide much needed screening


View towards pond - mr. V prefers this clean look - not me!!

Plantings have a few more seasons
kisses,  mrs. V

2 comments:

Three Sisterz said...

soooo gorgeous! i can't believe you did it all yourself! wow!

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