Monday, August 12, 2013

He Built Me a Patio. And I Liked It.

It’s finished!  I can take exactly 0.47% of the credit for this next project, so this post is to [shamelessly] brag on the hard work of Mr. V!

My, that’s purty.  ;)

Ever since we built the deck, it had always been our intent to add a patio off the stairs to the side for a more “finished” space, we just didn’t know when. 

Right before Mr. V started finishing the basement (I know, right?  Lucky gal, right here) we discovered we had a couple cracks that were leading to some water in the basement.

Crack is whack, yo.

We were thankful to discover the issue *before* we started on the basement, so that weirdly ended up being an [expensive] blessing.
 The repair for the cracks meant the workers had to tear up a large chunk of the grass just off the deck – incidentally, *exactly* where we were planning to add a patio.  We thought, “perfect!” 

So, rather than pay to re-sod or deal with the headaches that come with reseeding entirely, we threw down this oh-so-chic tarp to keep the dirt/mud at bay and worked on finishing the basement.  Once that was complete, we had planned to do the patio the following spring. 

And, in a hormone-induced flurry of planning and budgets and ohmywordwhatarewegoingtodoWITHTWOKIDS???? freakout, we calmly decided to put off the patio until after the baby arrived.

She arrived.
And then a year went by. Whoops.

For 2+ years we lived with the tarp
 (which achieved cult status in the neighborhood, mind you.  It was Tarp-tastic!) 

 We were totally those neighbors. ;) 

Mr. V decided this was the summer he was ready to tackle the project, and before I knew it, he was off to the races.
 We collaborated on the design, he tossed a paver catalog at me and I picked out what I wanted, and then, *POOF!* 4 weeks of hard labor later, we have a patio that we can’t stay off of.

 I suppose I should think about furniture now, huh?  ;)
The pavers are from Belgard and the style is "Dublin Cobble."
So pretty. :)

Come on over!  We’re making s’mores! ;)

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  1. What an amazing patio! I'm sure you will have a great time using it.

  2. Excellent post, we need to 'work' on our outdoor living space….I wanted to invite you to share this at my linky party going on now. Add as many projects as you like. Hope to see you there…

    Christina at
    Thursday SWEET HAUTE Share Linky Party

  3. gorgeous! i can't wait to build our own patio with a firepit too. i'd love to know more details

  4. Can you tell me the stones used for the walls? Are they Dublin cobble too? We love our Belgard patio of Cambridge Cobble & now we need some seating walls.

    1. Hey Teresa! No, we needed a double-faced stone for the benches, and Mr. V. tells me they are Not Belgard. He says they are Highland, and he believes the color is "Brownstone."

      Good Luck!

  5. Do you know what color the Dublin pavers are? Also, what stone and color was used for the firepit? I am having a hard time picking out color combinations!