Well it took two weeks and a day to get the patio done but it turned out pretty well. Last blog I ended with more area to gravel and sand and more pavers to lay. I finished the pavers a couple of days ago just as a brief rainstorm ended my day.
The next task was replacing the bottom border which I did not like how the fiberglass edging turned out so I headed to Home Depot but never made it out of the development as to my good fortune a crew was tearing out heavy duty rigid edging from the complex in favor of placing concrete curbing. I was able to acquire twenty five feet of this edging which I used for the bottom edging backed with gravel and eventually river rock. I also did not like how the east side terracing turned out so I headed back to Home Depot and purchased a railroad tie which I had to level with the tops of the existing paver rows.
I ended up with a small gap below the tie so I headed back to Home Depot for a large wall brick which I cut to size with a grinder and chisel.
It took two trips to HD for the river rock which I filled in along the fence and also refreshed the river rock next to the house in a few low spots.
The final step to the patio was sweeping sand into the crevices. This takes a lot of sweeping and washing the sand into the gaps. I will go back and sand the patio a couple more times in the next couple of weeks.
Mom was excited to have the patio done and we headed to Pier One for a new table, chairs and a smaller table. I moved her barbecue on to the patio and ran to Harmon’s to pick up propane so she is ready to go. I am glad to have this project completed but it was nice spending a lot of time with mom. I think she enjoyed my company……most of the time. I also got her to display her hand knitted scarfs at the farmer’s market on Sunday.
I completed this approximately 20 1/2 by 8 1/2 patio spending a little over $1900 in materials plus a couple of hundred dollars for the paver delivery charge. Although the builder can always see the flaws I hope they are invisible to others. All in all I am pleased with how it turned out.