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Saturday, May 29, 2010

No More Mudwalk!

I’m a little behind posting this.  That’s okay, though, right?
Here is the first part of the project.
After we finished excavating, we laid down some water permeable weed barrier.  In my gardens, I usually use newspapers, but we went for the real stuff this time.
We anchored it with bricks, and then dumped the rocks.
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There will be an intersection in front of the door, and hubby wanted the corners to be round so that it was easier to mow around.  He did 3 corners exactly the same (five bricks, measured where the curve started and where it ended) but the 4th corner was giving him fits.  He spent almost an hour working on it, and at one point said, “I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!  Why isn’t this working?”  I couldn’t get it to work, either, but I wasn’t on crazy pills so I didn’t care.
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(Don’t you love Adam’s mismatched socks?  He picked them out himself. :)  That’s the way we roll around here.)
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We used patio paver bricks to line the walkway and I LOVE it. 
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Trust me, the curves at the end of the walkway are perfect here, thanks to hubby.  I just wasn’t standing square in front of the house when I took the picture.  Oops!
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We haven’t tamped it down yet – still spreading rock and dirt.  But I’m pretty confident that it will compact and make a nice, water permeable sidewalk.
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Here is the new patio!  See all the shade?  Can’t wait to enjoy it!
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Overall cost:
$270 – load of gravel delivered to our house.  LOTS left over.
$200 – patio paver bricks and weed barrier
= $470 – A LOT cheaper than concrete (but still kind of an investment.)
Now comes the fun part – decorating!
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12 comments:

  1. It looks great! You guys did an amazing job!

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  2. Hey this is cool!! love your blog and the patio!!

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  3. That looks awesome! I hope you guys enjoy it. Love the socks BTW!

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  4. Hey, I say "crazy pills," too! That looks great! We made a little stone/gravel patio like that at our house, too, only we used old foundation stones from the original farmhouse on our section of the family farm for the edges(I've always been bummed it was gone before I ever got to see it). I hope you like yours as much as we've liked ours! :)

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  5. Thanks for visiting me and your sweet comments. I love your little boys mixed up socks..adorable! Your path is looking great, and you definately will enjoy a shady patio! How fun to renovate an old house! It's alot of work but will be so worth it! Your yard is looking great!

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  6. Wow you guys are doing a great job. That shady space is going to be such a treat this summer.

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  7. Hey! I heard today that June is Turkey lovers month. (What doesn't have a day, week, or month dedicated to it?!?!?) But.... it made me think of you and I wanted to be sure that you knew about it. Looking forward to another Turkey Tuesday post!!!!

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  8. Your walk looks great! Now comes the fun part. I like the pavers with the stone and the curves are perfect! Jean

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  9. What a big job. It looks wonderful! Your little guy looks so cute in his mixed up socks.

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  10. WOw looks great! Fun to se your progress...good job, Paula in Idaho

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  11. I know how much work that is. You guys did a great job! Can't wait to see your patio all finished.

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