11.29.2011

Before & After: The Patio

Yay!!!!!! I am so excited to write this post for two reasons: 1) it means this project is DONE DONE DONE and 2) I'm so excited to show you amazingly patient readers some awesome before & after comparison shots. Now, without further ado, let's get down to business.

When we first moved in our patio was cruisin' for a bruisin'

And our garage didn't look so hot either. But my oh my has that view evolved. First there was the concrete

And then there was dirt, pack, sand, blah blah blah. But now, there are PAVERS!

And the side of the house, that's a mighty fun comparison as well. Here it is when we moved in

That look has had a mighty evolution as well. Here it is when we powerwashed

And now it's nicely painted, yucky old concrete removed and beautiful pavers installed!

I don't really have a great one of the driveway before, only after we did our first ripping up of it (and the pavers were already laid behind it)

But now that view looks mighty pretty :)

Now, for some more shots that have no specific "before" to compare it against, but I just love our pavers too much not to show :)

The sealer we used gives a little sheen

But more importantly it protects the pavers from future stains and helps shed water.

We've got a nice, even playing surface to play basketball at now

And a nice, large, but not overpowering area to just hang out

I am SUPER happy that we didn't do the tire tracks down the side of the house to the driveway like the concrete used be. I like the seamless, clean look of the pavers all the way down the side

But the most amazing part? I just can't believe we're done with the project. It's amazing to look back on the pictures of ripping up the first bit of concrete, shoveling all the dirt, running over the pack with the plate compactor...it's pretty unbelievable how much went into getting this patio done, but I am just so so so so so so so happy with how it turned out

Yay!!!!

Now, no more heavy lifting for a while.

8 comments:

Reuben Collins said...

Looks great. Good work. You guys really did a bang-up job here.

Gene said...

Yay! It looks amazing.

Katy @ Turtle House said...

WOW it looks completely terrific!!! And I am in love with your garage doors. :-)

Erika said...

Your home is beautiful. Your work is phenomenal!

Our projects are much smaller in scale - you inspire us to get to work!

Thanks for sharing!! I LOVE it!

meryl rose said...

Thank you SO much everyone! This project took A LOT longer than (at least I) anticipated and was really tough to complete, but we're super happy with how it turned out and your nice words of congratulations put a spring in our step :)

threeacres said...

The view from the backyard is amazing! That is such a nice big area now that it's all clean and paved. I like how the patio and driveway are one piece.

Tamara said...

Cannot believe how clean, beautiful, spacious it looks. This might be the most amazing before/after Picardy Project yet.

meryl rose said...

I think this and the animal room might be the most transformative. This was definitely more work, so it feels the most rewarding.