Patio Makeover and Reveal

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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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  • Sue Sanders Sue Sanders on Apr 03, 2021

    Did you put a French drain in the area to address the water you mentioned.? The area looks so relaxing and a great place to make you want to be outside. Is this area shaded in mornings or early evenings? Great improvement job.

  • Elisa Elisa on Apr 04, 2021

    Hi I was wanting to know what the white powder is that they sprinkle on cement when doing cement projects

  • Dse48716750 Dse48716750 on Apr 04, 2021

    how many keystone block for fire pit

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  • Grandmasue10 Grandmasue10 on Apr 05, 2021

    Very nice relaxing space. Glad you added more than just pavers, and I love your blue door. I had one back around 1972 it was the back door also.

  • Nedra Nedra on Jan 13, 2022

    I love your update and the pavers are a great idea. I want a fire pit and surround it with seating The pavers will allow me to make curved shapes 😇