My name is Lisa and I'm a crafty girl with wanderlust working as an engineer by day. My blog chronicles projects in my home as well as pictures and stories from my travels.




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New Back Patio

After getting the stump removed from my backyard I moved on to my next step of my backyard plans for this summer, having a patio put in along the side of the garage.

I like to do a lot of things around my house, but I decided to hire out the patio and pergola. When I was a struggling student my time was worth nothing so I would always do everything myself. As I've grown older my time has become valuable, especially as I always have more on my plate and ideas in my head than I have time to do.

In determining if I want to tackle a project myself I consider whether I will save money doing it myself and if it is something I think I will have fun doing. If the answer to both is no then I will hire it out.

Regarding the patio, I did a lot of research for the first patio I had put in on the back. When I calculated the costs for me, including equipment rental, I wasn't going to save money and it would have taken me all summer which meant I would have had to delay other projects that I was excited about working on. I ended up hiring a local landscaper and within a week the back patio was complete, allowing me to enjoy it all summer.

For this second patio, I hired the same contractor to have matching pavers laid down along the side of the garage. They started by excavating along the side of the garage. Some of the excess dirt was used to help even out the grade of the backyard.

They then put down a base of crushed stone and fine gravel to create a flat, stable base for the patio. After lots of tamping and leveling the surface was ready for the pavers.

The pavers were put in using a herringbone pattern for the field and then a concrete border was put in to stabilize the patio and keep it anchored. After brushing sand into the cracks between the pavers the patio was complete. 

I love how the patio turned out and it is huge, extending 10 feet out and nearly 40 feet deep. Next up is the pergola and then repairing the lawn. I'm really excited about how the backyard is shaping up and I think it will make a fun space to spend the summer.

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Patio(s) look very nice. I liked your reasoning about doing yourself or hiring out. I have had some external (bought) help this year with a few yard projects and now that they are done, I still have the energy to complete, so I was pleased with the decision to hire out. My husband was particularly pleased he did not have to do, so a win win situation :-)

Looking forward to part two of your project.

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary-Lou

This looks amazing! Definitely a project I would not be interested in DIYing, you have to know your own limits!

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHilary

It's looking fabulous!! I agree with what you said about time, and I find I ask myself what my time is worth when it comes to big jobs like this.

May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRene

Thank you ladies! It has been an evolution for me to be okay with sometimes hiring things out. I can be a bit stubborn and want to do everything myself, but I've realized that sometimes just because I can do something doesn't mean that I should. I could put in the patio but with the wedding this summer plus the renovations I am doing inside it didn't make a lot of sense. Now I can enjoy the patio for the whole summer!

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