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Building the patio

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I would like to show you how we converted our small back yard into the patio area as it is today.
First we removed the old steps and built the new ones further away from the yukka which kept stabbing us as we walked passed it. Viscious thing!.

Then we removed the coal bunker and the first retaining wall.

Next to go was the small herb bed, we gradually released the Laburnham tree and replanted it further up the garden. Then we could see how much room we had to work with.

T built the new retaining walls and then the storage bunkers, making them at a comfortable height for sitting on. When they were rendered it began to look much better.

Coping slabs on the top of the walls to stand plant pots on and a coat of paint, hinged lids for the storage bunkers and we were almost there.

Brick pavers next for the floor. Add a few plants, shrubs and some patio furniture and it’ll do for me!!!.

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You have been busy, it looks lovely. Is that snow in the last picture - crumbs, I only thought the weather was getting wintry where I live...lol. lovely place to sit, surrounded by plants

7 Sep, 2009

 

Thanks spindle for the chuckle. Yes its nice to sit out there in the evenings. Have had to use the patio heater quite a bit this year though.

7 Sep, 2009

 

Looks lovely HB, I thought for a minute that you had concreted the chairs in place............. I had to do a double take. Lol :~))

7 Sep, 2009

 

Thankyou Ian I had another look and had to laugh 'cos it does look like that.

7 Sep, 2009

 

Hey what a great job, and it looks good even under a layer of snow.

7 Sep, 2009

 

Bet its really well-sheltered too

7 Sep, 2009

 

fab project. looks wonderful.

7 Sep, 2009

 

Looks lovely homebird great job!!! well done:~))

7 Sep, 2009

 

What hard work well done it looks great you must be so proud. I would get the leaking washing machine fixed though!. Trying to kid us its snow!

7 Sep, 2009

 

Lots of hard work but well worth it as it looks great, a lovely place to relax.

8 Sep, 2009

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What a wonderful transformation, and what hard work. Did it take long? .It looks really good and a very inviting place to sit. Also looks as though it has always been there.

8 Sep, 2009

 

Well done you have worked hard, but it looks great. even in the snow as everyone says.

8 Sep, 2009

 

this is gorgeous
looks like a lovely little sun trap

Must say though in your blog you mentioned a small back yard!!!
this isnt small but its definatly very pretty

well done

x x x

8 Sep, 2009

 

Great job! I hope T got plenty of cups of tea!

8 Sep, 2009

 

Thankyou everyone for your lovely comments. We completed it during our 2 weeks holiday. It is quite sheltered and is a sun trap after lunch. The walls must retain quite a bit of heat as it's still pleasant for sitting out in the evening after a sunny day. The ketle never had chance to cool down MJ.!! You sussed us Drc. We have got the washing machine fixed!!

9 Sep, 2009

 

Just seen this, you did it in 2 weeks!!! One thing I did notice is that you keep saying "we" but I only noticed your hubby T doing the work;-)) I suppose you had to take the photographs eh? ;-) It looks amazing, inspirational, thanks for showing us:-))

24 Sep, 2009

 

Thanks Bornagain. I should have got T to get a photo of me barrowing the soil and rock down to the skip. Muscles like Garth I had when we had finnished!!!! Umpteen times the barrow plunged into the bottom of the skip and T had to hoist it back out. I was more of a liability than a help to be honest.

24 Sep, 2009

 

Fascinating... I'm putting this blog on GoYpedia Walls..:o)

21 Jan, 2010

 

Thankyou TT. It has been the most used area since we did it.

21 Jan, 2010

 

I'm not surprised... good design..
I've just put some of your pics. on various GoYpedia categories also. :o)

21 Jan, 2010

 

I applaud your dedication - this looks really hard work but so worth it - and now you have a place you can really use!

10 Feb, 2010

 

Thankyou TT and Sarah.

11 Feb, 2010

 

Looks like you have the same problem limestone rock as I do makes any excavation work so much harder than expected congratulations on your wonderful project

16 May, 2010

 

Thank You Sitm, It is a pain at times especially when we have to use the pick to dig out planting holes. lol. Just been looking at your pics, and admiring your lovely fuchsias. Great pic of the blackbird too.

17 May, 2010

 

Very impressive !

27 Aug, 2010

 

Thanks Anchorman.

27 Aug, 2010

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