Anna Ibarra
Anna Ibarra
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  • San Antonio, TX

From a Tired Old Looking Yard Island to a Patio


We moved to our new home back about 5 years ago. It was a forest in my backyard, trees everywhere, lots of island. There was a huge Saga plant in the middle of the yard in that unkept island. House had been bankruptcy home so lots of work to do.
from a tired ole looking yard island to a patio, concrete masonry, gardening, outdoor living, patio
I had to hire to cut this palm down. I know, but this was a big one and it would have not been easy. I had lots of them on the property, not my kind of plant, the smaller ones went to my sister and together we saved about 4 of them. I kept one small in front yard transported to a huge pot.
from a tired ole looking yard island to a patio, concrete masonry, gardening, outdoor living, patio
This brick pathway was already here when we moved in. ;-/ No Like! My son was the lucky one to pull all these out and brought to the new patio area.
from a tired ole looking yard island to a patio, concrete masonry, gardening, outdoor living, patio
Along with this ugly pathway left behind was also a pallet of bricks and tons of cinder blocks left behind. I used all of these in pathway and pallet of bricks.
from a tired ole looking yard island to a patio, concrete masonry, gardening, outdoor living, patio
I didn't know what pattern to do ??
from a tired ole looking yard island to a patio, concrete masonry, gardening, outdoor living, patio
It looks like a mess, I wasn't sure. Used base and leveled it as best as I could, then laying bricks. Used leveling sand to lock in bricks. It is locked in well now.
from a tired ole looking yard island to a patio, concrete masonry, gardening, outdoor living, patio
I did down the bricks myself, I would get help next time. No next time though. I worked on it 2-3 days straight, then my back was killing me.
from a tired ole looking yard island to a patio, concrete masonry, gardening, outdoor living, patio
Left it as is, for a couple of weeks. Didn't have far to finish but oh my this was true labor. I was short of bricks so the line of bricks you see in the background lining the grass, had to be brought for the patio. ;-(
from a tired ole looking yard island to a patio, concrete masonry, gardening, outdoor living, patio
Finished
from a tired ole looking yard island to a patio, concrete masonry, gardening, outdoor living, patio
As I viewed from one end, it was all off. I got so discouraged. I decided, heck I'm leaving it as is. Called it character. LOL
from a tired ole looking yard island to a patio, concrete masonry, gardening, outdoor living, patio
Before I ever started the patio, left it for a couple of months till I got courage to do this. When it rained, it became a small shallow lake. ;-)
from a tired ole looking yard island to a patio, concrete masonry, gardening, outdoor living, patio
Finished with some patio plants, etc.
from a tired ole looking yard island to a patio, concrete masonry, gardening, outdoor living, patio
Mix match patio table that was given to me, bought the Coke chairs, and had the other chair already.
from a tired ole looking yard island to a patio, concrete masonry, gardening, outdoor living, patio
These are my favorite chairs as they swivel & just can doze off at times. My husband would love to sit there also. He enjoyed the back yard it was our haven. I wanted to do it for us.
from a tired ole looking yard island to a patio, concrete masonry, gardening, outdoor living, patio
Now glad I did it. We use almost year round. Winters we use the fire pit as before we didn't have a place to use it cause we killed the grass one time we used it. My son had a party with his friends and they loved it, sitting outside by the fire, doing smores. It's been about 3 years now. I have it set up different but it's been raining so much, haven't set it up completely. Glad I broke my back for this now. Even or not even close to be even, I'm good.

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  • Ann
    on Apr 23, 2019

    How to attach a wire planter on a deck railing

    • Janice
      on Jun 28, 2019

      Hi Ann, you posted your question beneath an instructive post. If you go to the homepage and ask the question, you'll likely get a lot more answers to your question as many more Hometalk users will see it there.

  • Barb
    on Jul 5, 2019

    It's beautiful! A great way to make your yard a nice place for family and friends to have fun! If the uneven edge gets annoying, perhaps a bed of flowers would disguise it.

  • Kelli Hendrickson
    on Jul 6, 2019

    What kind of sand did you use to level? And did you put something under the bricks so grass would not grow between them?

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