Patio Makeover and Reveal

We installed pavers and created a small outdoor space.
My backyard was a hot mess. No grass, just Georgia red clay and lots of leaves! Over the winter we neglected our yard duties. Looking at my awful yard made me wonder, how do I make it look good again?
Rather than being bogged down by its current state, I decided to focus on what I liked best about our yard and plan from there:
-I love the ivy climbing up the back of the house. We're fully aware of how rapidly ivy grows and all the damage it can do, so we've kept it controlled to this small area.
-We love the look of our retaining wall, but after a heavy rainfall the lower level fills up with water and everything becomes a muddy mess. There's nothing much worse than watching your dogs track muddy paw prints across your floor! So we decided to start our planning there. We created a small patio area to keep the mud away. We wanted to have concrete poured, but it was way too expensive. Our next option was concrete pavers; they are easier to work with and inexpensive. We began by purchasing the pavers and mulch to fill in the cracks.
Once we had the area raked and leveled, we placed the pavers down in a simple pattern and filled in the cracks with mulch. We added a few azaleas. They should be an awesome border in a few years as they fill in.
A big improvement, but there was still a lot to do. I added more plants and gave the area a good cleaning with the pressure washer. I purchased paint for the back door and the areas that need to be touched up,
Better, right?! I enjoy sitting out here with a few magazines and enjoying the breeze.
It's where we have our morning coffee.
We have a deck outside of our living/dining room, but this area is cozy and relaxed.
Now that the weather is starting to warm up, we’re going to be spending a lot more time out here!
Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you enjoyed my small patio space.
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  • Candace
    on Apr 5, 2020

    I saw your paver project on, it looks nice.

    I did the same project for my son n law, last year and discovered, if you add gravel in between the pavers, it would keep the pavers from shifting.

    Keep the ideas rolling!

    • Gail
      on Apr 9, 2020

      I was just thinking the same thing. Since pea gravel in between the pavers adds a nice finish. Great job.

  • Gloria Lovelace
    on Apr 9, 2020

    Where did you find the white wrought iron foot rest?

  • Christine
    on Apr 10, 2020

    It's nice, but why aren't the pavers evenly spaced? It would be even nicer if they were.

    • Flipturn
      on Jun 14, 2020

      The pavers are not evenly spaced because:

      -the land was not dug out and levelled properly first

      -there was no crush support put down under the pavers

      -the pavers were not individually tapped into position

      -polymeric sand applied to anchor the pavers in place

      all causing them to already be

      -shifting unevenly, and moving apart from each other

      If this situation is not corrected soon, it could be a potential trip hazard.

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  • Maureen
    on Apr 17, 2020

    Great job 👍 your new patio area looks awesome. Thank you for sharing ❤️

  • Billie
    on May 23, 2020

    Now woes one clean a toilet bowl with baking sodas soda

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