Monday, July 21, 2008

Look What We Did! is having a little contest where we get to show off our proudest moments in DIY home ownership. It's sponsored by True Value. I could surely use the $300 prize for my house fixings!

I know what my proudest moment ISN'T... but thinking of a favorite moment is a little harder. After careful deliberation, and a morning cup of tea in my favorite space... I have an answer!

This space is right behind the house and next to the garage. It is shaded by two apple trees.

While we worked, we used the picnic table as a workbench. Using a circular saw with a diamond blade, we sliced limestone slabs salvaged from my father-in-law's scrap pile into varied rectangular pavers. We beveled the edges with a belt sander to give a little more interest to the patterns.

The edges of the patio are salvaged railroad ties; we laid the pavers in 4 inches of sand.

The after picture is in need of a good pressure washing to remove construction dirt, but you can see the finished patio. The shape is two interlocking rectangles. We built the patio around the smaller apple tree; since no cement was used, there is plenty of water flow to water the roots.

We have since added a patio table and chairs, and have spent many a summer evening grilling or summer morning reading the paper while the dogs romp through our jungle!

This post was written for as part of a sweepstakes sponsored by True Value.


goddessof4 said...

That looks so good!!!!! We just started working on the outside after almost 4 years!!!Hope you win !!!!

Laur said...

With all that construction dust it looked as though you painted your picnic table white. . . I might have to try that, cause even just covered in dust, the white picnic table looks awesome!

Fred said...

Looks fantastic! Good luck in winning the contest... I saw the message too... hmmm.. I'll have to think of something to submit!

Jenni said...

Jennifer...That is great!

Hallie&Joe said...

it's so beautiful... totally inspiring.

Why S? said...

What a nice, civilized space to enjoy the outdoors!

Good luck with the contest.

Robj98168 said...

Good luck. But dont presure wash your picture. IT won't like it!

Josh said...

A very nice improvement! Congratulations on a job well done and good luck with the contest.

Amanda said...

Wow. Wow.