Patio Project (AKA Do We Really Know What We’re Doing?)

The answer, as it turns out, is YES, yes we know what we’re doing.  I have to admit that I was very excited for this project to revamp our little postage stamp patio as we’ve owned the house since June 2010 and this is our first real home improvement/DIY/fixer-upper project.

To refresh your memory, here’s what our patio looked like BEFORE:

needs some work

So you may notice that this patio is super-duper small.  In fact, the entire thing is about 4.5 feet by 18 feet.  We don’t have a lot of space to work with due to the little addition on the back of our house (right hand side of picture) which serves as our laundry/mud/storage room.  But we knew that something had to be done about the sorry state of the patio floor and wall.

A few weekends ago we set out to patch a few holes and put down a new layer of concrete on the patio with the help of my awesome Dad and sister Nicole.

Trey, learning the meaning of sweat equity

We started at 9 am, mixing concrete in the alleyway behind our house.  First we patched a hole in the wall, and then another larger crack in the wall, before putting down a layer of concrete about 3/4 inch thick.

progress!

We were finished just in time for lunch (after a quick trip to the Ace Hardware store down the street when we ran out of concrete mix and needed to pick up a couple extra bags) and overall I thought the immediate improvement was amazing!

after!

And of course, because we are huge dorks:

Overall getting this done was a huge immediate improvement to our little backyard space.  Now we’re working on Part 2 of this project: removing the old layers of paint from the concrete block wall and repainting.  Stay tuned for a future blog post about that fun process.

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2 responses to “Patio Project (AKA Do We Really Know What We’re Doing?)

  1. ’tis the season for home improvements. I have a list (and a half) of stuff we need to work on. Gosh we’re lazy though.

    Glad to hear the wedding planning is coming along. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you.

  2. Pingback: 2011, favorite photographs | Maryland Mel

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