We spend the better part of this weekend working on our back patio. With a winter storm moving in (really?) it was a race to get as much settled as possible before the snow started to fall. I can’t say that I’ve done that much hard labor in a long time. Most of my more intense projects are manned by my husband, Matt, while I take care of the stylistic part of things (painting, sanding, cleaning, etc). In this case, since the puzzle that is a flagstone patio had a lot to do with an eye for fitting the stones together, I really had to be involved. It was nice to get outside for a bit after a long winter and I learned a lot in the process.
Last weekend, Matt had rented a bobcat to dismantle our previous patio, which I posted photos of on Instagram (@houseofearnest), and dug out the four inch foundation. Gravel and sand were delivered and spread and my dad (an engineer) came over to help with the all important task of leveling. Saturday morning we were ready for the exciting part – the flagstone! I ordered sandstone because it had a very smooth and somewhat sparkly surface while other varieties were a little more rough and matte.
We finished by shoveling more of the sand over top of the stone and sweeping it in all of the cracks. As more and more settling occurs over the next couple days, we’ll sweep more sand into the cracks to ensure that everything is snug!
I confess, this is just a tiny sneak peek of the finished patio – obviously before any landscaping. I am participating in the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge this year and will debut the finished patio next month for the challenge! Are you excited? I am.
My back, arms, and legs are definitely feeling the effects of a weekend filled with hard work (some of the stones were over 75 pounds!) so I might be a bit slower getting around these next few days, but it’s a good thing that doesn’t affect my typing fingers!
I hope you got some good things done this weekend! Isn’t it so satisfying?