Monday, November 23, 2015

The Patio Project

A good 15 or 20 years ago, my husband and his cousin put down a deck outside the back of our house. Over the years it turned into an ugly, hideous looking thing that I was so ashamed of that I couldn't find a picture of the rear of the house in the last seven years or so.

I did find some partial photos that will give you an idea of how bad it looked:

The boards were coming up.

The stain was coming off.

Squirrels were eating the wood!

It was definitely time to do something about this. So this week the deck went out of here and a building contractor poured us a concrete patio to replace the wood.

The building contractor cutting rebar (?).

The patio formed up.

Just because I really like this picture. :-)

Ha. Men at work. Ain't that the way they do it?

Cement truck.

Pouring cement.

Raking the cement into place.

Forming it up and pouring and stuff.

Looks like playing in the mud, doesn't it?

It was fascinating to watch, really.

Troweling the cement to make it smooth.

More troweling.

Now it is taking shape!

Looking even better!

Almost done!

Ta da! Here it is. Not quite finished but almost.

Doesn't that look better?

We have to remove the boards after the cement has hardened. We still need to clean up and replant grass.

All in all, I think this will be a great fix to an ugly mess. The sidewalk is wide enough for a wheelchair, so now we're ready to get even older. I am looking forward to obtaining some nice planters in the spring and maybe a bench or two to place out here.

Job well done!


  1. Love it! You are going to love it as well and how it adds a tidy look to the back of your house. You can simply sweep or hose it off, and no way will squirrels want to take a bite out of it. Next spring you can add some comfortable chairs and a table and sit out there enjoying tea or lemonade and read a book.... Love it! So happy for you two.

  2. it looks great anita! you must be so excited!


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