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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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  • Linda G
    Linda G Orlando, FL
    on Jun 6, 2014

    I know you are enjoying your space. Looks great! Love that pop of Blue! The blue and white really looks great!

  • Brandi
    Brandi Atlanta, GA
    on Jun 6, 2014

    Thank you kindly. We enjoy so much more now that is has a purpose. @Linda G

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Jun 7, 2014

    You did a great job transforming that space.

    • Betty Jaynes
      Betty Jaynes
      on Jun 8, 2014

      @Brandi Well, it is very inviting now. Would love to sit down there and share a cup of coffee and chat with you.

  • Michele Eures
    Michele Eures Conowingo, MD
    on Jun 7, 2014

    That is awesome! Very cozy and pretty and I, too, love that blue door!

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on Jun 7, 2014

    Brandi, how adorable! You all did a GREAT JOB! Our yard too suffered from the winter! It was wet and very cold and not encouraging to do anything. Even our shrub were brutalized! We had to cut our gardenia back from over 5' to about 18" or so! It is just now beginning to wake up.

    • German Lopez
      German Lopez Benicia, CA
      on Oct 7, 2017

      You have received some honest comment as about the way you did the job.. And I agree that the ..redoing ... (sorry).. is easy and will avoid your visitor's negative comments... most of the feedbacks are positive .. so ... summarize them and it will be your next year's project. Do not feel ashamed... nobody knows everything..takes some time . There are tricks already explained in the comments... Good luck..

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