As some of you may already know, lately we've been itchin' to dig into an outdoor project -- quite literally. Now that our fence is done we are craving a space where we can relax with a book, enjoy a meal, or even roast some marshmallows. Of course we could still do this on the grass like we did back in August, but we want to use our creativity and manpower so we can sit on something solid. Initially we were thinking of building a deck just off the ground, but after taking some time to consider our yard and our budget, we decided what we really wanted was a patio.
So we started out with the typical run to Home Depot (we also visited Lowe's and Menards) to do a little research. We quickly decided it would be most cost-effective to order our pavers from a home improvement store (Menards had the best prices by far) but get our gravel, which goes under the pavers, from another source. That's where handy-ol' Craigslist came into play. After a quick phone call and some negotiating, we found ourselves with a big pile of gravel in our driveway.
Denny (Evan's dad) came up Sunday mid-day, ready to get his hands (err...shovel) in some dirt.
Later in the afternoon Mary (Evan's mom) popped in to help out, and that's when things really began to take shape!
We were so eager to continue with our project that we kept working after dark!
Tessa and Leo stopped by and did their share of shoveling and transporting gravel from the driveway to our patio area, which was six inches deep. We need to fill that entire space up about five inches, tamp it down (we may hire this done as the equipment is really heavy), add an inch of sand, and then finally start working with the pavers themselves. (Don't quote me on the layers and inches ... I'll have to check with Evan).
Now I'm heading outside to shovel more of that gravel!