The Patio Day 1


Posted by Michael, May 2nd, 2011

Ok, I’m seriously about to change the name of this blog to “Mike’s lil house that could.”  And when I’m on HGTV one day talking about geeky pieces of art, Rebecca will be jealous! :fist in the air:  End rant, I promise.

We knew May would bring our concrete patio, but we just didn’t know exactly when.  After all, New Jersey (Snooki!  What up!) has been getting hit with rainy days so we just kind of penciled the patio in our brain for some time in May.  Our patio design sort of changed from the last time you saw it as we bumped out a corner about 3 or 4 feet to fit a … built in grill and bar.  Oh yeah.

And in order to do the built in, we needed electricty to flow to this area under the concrete patio (for the mini-fridge).  So I spent Saturday digging a hole to run some pipes so that we could eventually route electricity to this location.   It was probably more than just digging since our soil is straight up clay.

But!  Good thing I did begin to run the piping needed, because … We got a phone call at 7pm on Sunday night from the concrete company saying they will be there tomorrow morning to start the patio.  Wait, what?  Woah!

And now it’s today and the company has finished day 1 of the job.  Here are some quality iPhone pictures for you to get an idea of what we’re doing.  Enjoy!

The walkway from the driveway to the patio.  We totally changed what we were doing with this pathway.  I’m not one to do the whole “tune in next time” thing but I’m not even quite sure how to describe what we changed.  So, uh, tune in next time!

Last but not least, the chore I did on Saturday.  There are two pipes there; one for electrical and one for speaker wire.

And finally, for those people who need a video tour to get an idea of a space, we have a video tour!

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6 Responses to “The Patio Day 1”

  1. oh! So excited to see that you guys are embarking on the patio journey! We are seriously debating whether to do some add-on concrete work ourselves or hire out… hmm… we’d love to do it ourselves but don’t want to botch it. 🙁

    Looks like you guys are well on your way! And might I say “yay” for the mini-fridge on the patio!!!
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    • Mike says:

      Watching the company do the prep work was more than enough to make me feel good about hiring out. Our backyard slopes a bit so they did plenty of digging and leveling. And we got a great price for the stamped concrete — I cannot even begin to imagine what we would have paid for pavers or a wood deck in a similar size and shape!

  2. Cait @ Hernando House says:

    Your patio is going to be so awesome! I’m jealous!
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  3. This rocks! I dont know if we are going to have a patio yet but…. I’M BUILDING A HOUSE!!!! HELP!!!!!
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  4. Robin says:

    “Bartender, I’ll have one sour logman, please!” – Me this summer to you at the bar.

  5. elvira says:

    I love it it came out wonderful.

    I want to do it in my patio. What color did you choose?

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