Hello friends! Hope you are all getting outside and enjoying this amazing fall season. My family and I love this time of year. It’s that transition from scorching heat to light sweater weather. The temperature is just warm enough in the day to be working in the yard or taking family bike rides. Whereas the nights have a slight chill that would be perfect for a fire pit and/or an outdoor movie.
So we got to thinking. Why not take this time, and perfect weather, to use those free pavers we just picked up and finally build that front seating area. In the past month or so I have spent a lot of time trying to decide what style patio I wanted. Before I got the pavers, I had a ton of red bricks I got years ago which I only used a few to pave the garden table area. So my first idea was make a very large garden space in the shape of a trivial pursuit game piece. I thought we could have different sections for multiple species of veggies. I guess it would have been kind of a different version of square foot gardening. Laid it out, didn’t like it.
From that first try we decided that we definitely wanted something in a circular format, but we hadn’t decided on what yet. That is when we laid out a sort of spiral brick pattern with two different styles and colors of bricks. I really liked the way it turned out, and the plan was to have it transition into a triple spiral raised garden area.
Unfortunately, I had to leave this project alone for a while due to a lack of free time. During that downtime we got that lot of 600+ free Holland pavers. With those pavers at our disposal my wife came up with a new idea which was much better than my spiral. Shhh! Don’t tell her that though. She is very creative. Actually, in this case pinterest and her were very creative together. Haha!
Our final idea is a circle paver patio with a fire pit in the middle. Now that we have the plan I can start the preparations. This is where the real adventure begins. I have heard that preparing the area for laying a patio or walkway is actually the hardest part of the whole project. I quickly realized that it was absolutely a true fact.
Just to give you an idea of how much prep work went into this project just take a look at this before photo above. Look at the right side of the picture and you will see the field of, God knows what, standing 5 to 6 feet tall and encompassing probably a quarter of the yard space in the front of the house. It was like chopping down the rainforest, and the roots seemed almost neverending and stubborn. After hours of hard work and thousands of buckets of sweat, the area is finally clear.
During the process I also had to dig a ditch to move a sprinkler head slightly right to edge of the yard. The project is still a work-in-progress, but we have both the ground leveled and the fire pit installed. Here is a pic of where we are at in the circle paver patio construction adventure. Stay tuned for the finished project coming soon. (Please ignore the leaning tower of Canna Lily in the background)
Now get outside and enjoy this tremendous time of year. #LIVELIFEOUTSIDE