How Successful is the Patio?

I'm all about being honest when projects work and don't (because they certainly all don't go according to plan and sometimes you really fuck up), when Chris and I don't get along on projects (because I don't know any couple who has not thought about throwing a screwdriver at their partner during some project), and how much things cost (because I'm always curious how much projects or things that people buy or work on are). So, with that in mind, let's look at the patio.

I absolutely 100% consider this patio an amazing success

I love it. We play basketball on it. We hang out on it. Our friends who have kids have loved it (and their kids go running around playing on it which is totally fun to see). And it just looks awesome :)

However, there is one thing that isn't as successful: we have a low spot over by the garage

It's been raining a lot lately and so we've been able to see just how flat and level we were able to make things. When we started, the old patio was TOTALLY out of level: holes, divets, cracked concrete, you name it. We worked really really really hard to try and make things as level as possible throughout the whole process. And if we look everywhere else we were pretty successful, especially considering this was a project we'd never done and had no experience: we've got no other standing water

Because we're total goobers, when we saw the standing water Chris and I were both a little disappointed in ourselves and sad that we had this low spot

But we've got to really keep it in perspective: we started with a disastrous patio, we had never done a project like this, and there are no other low spots anywhere else over all 950 sq. ft. But I'm not going to lie, when we see that standing water it irks us a little bit. Oh well.


Reuben said...

I totally get it. A few years ago my wife and I did a much smaller but similar paver project. We thought we were being so careful! But we also found a low spot. It's a little depressing.

Heather said...

Gah, that's a bummer! And yet, you guys did such a freaking fantastic job. 100% success for sure.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

We have a spot similar to that on our patio, it's smaller, but it's right by the house (of course) so yeah, that is annoying. We do the best we can do!

meryl rose said...

Thanks for making me feel better guys :) It is sort of a bummer when you see those lows points :( but hey, not everything can be perfect, right?

Anonymous said...

a couple things happened here.
1) there was too much time between us laying the pavers near this part of the garage and compacting it. this meant that as we went in and out of the garage we compacted this area more than others.
2) this part of the garage slab is broken and lower than the rest as you can see in this picture (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-C6cNgnZ717s/Tn-CNRaEXrI/AAAAAAAAJb4/XsbKre0nIaA/s1600/DSCN2437.JPG).
also, had we known about this before putting down the polymeric sand we could have used basic play sand here to allow for better drainage to the pack underneath.
live and learn.