To back up though...
This is what our backyard looked like when we bought our house:
The previous owners had ripped up a porch and were planning on putting something else there but never got around to it. Oh, and that pole thing.. That is a clothesline. We did not want the darn thing in our yard, so Ben decided he'd try to dig it up one day. Only problem was that the morons who put this in the ground used 3 cubic feet of concrete to do so. 3 cubic feet. Maybe 4. Think about that for a moment. We're talking a 500+ lb ball of concrete in our backyard. After calling all of our new neighbors over to
We were not fans of our backyard. We knew from the beginning that we wanted to put in a patio, but some other more important things came first. Because of this, our yard ended up becoming a weed garden...
Needless to say, I was STOKED to be putting in this patio in July.
It was a lot of work. We had to dig, dig, dig and shovel, shovel, shovel. There was so much rock and dirt and pavers all over our yard.
Luckily, we had the help of Ben's parents and in 3 and a half days, we had this:
And after a little mulching, hosta planting and furniture shopping, we now have this:
I love it :) And Gibson loves it too (don't worry, there is still a grassy area for him to pee and play fetch). I love to read out there and he'll sit out there with me and take a nap or guard the yard for squirrels. We haven't been able to use it as much as we would like yet, since the mosquitos this year are insane!! Are they disgustingly swarmy where you guys are too?
I thought I'd commemorate the patio opening w/a little photo session of Gibson and I:
It took a few (ha) tries to get it right..
I think I was going to stab him at this point! ;)
And, ta-da!! :)
Have you made any backyard improvements this summer??