Backyard Patio Expansion

It happens twice a year — every spring and every fall. I get an itch. And the only cure is to scratch it. It’s called “need-to-do-a-project syndrome”.

This fall was no exception. However, I wanted to do something that met the following two criteria:
a) Could complete in 1-2 days
b) Would not be too expensive

With encouragement from Ke’o, I decided to spruce up the backyard with a patio expansion. Below is the BEFORE picture:

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BEFORE

 

It’s a nice space, but we wanted it to be more open. We wanted the grill and propane tank to be stored elsewhere. But where??? The answer is below:

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AFTER

The freshly-built expansion is now used for both storage & decor. I built it knowing that it could expand even more in the near future. It’s tough to see, but I used varying sizes of pavers for the pad.

A Few Other Additions:
– At Ke’o’s suggestion, I built a containment box to hide the ugly propane tank.
– Added a fire table to the main patio.
– Built a garden box on the far side of the picture. (To be used as an herb garden in 2019.)
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Added mulch areas, which will likely be home to permanent plans in 2019.

Overall, this was a relatively modest fall project. However, it was fun to do and it makes for a nice backyard. I’ll chalk this up as a win.

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