If you would have asked me a month ago, I would have told you that we made a big mistake.
You see, we chose NOT to pour a patio and retaining wall when the basement and garage were being poured. For two reasons – cost and overall look.
Instead, we were going to do it ourselves and it was clearly going to be amazing and epic and awesome and all the words. But, fast forward 18 months and the patio area was looking pretty stinkin’ rough.
Basically just a weed patch. Thats’ why I thought we should have just had them pour the concrete and been done with it.
It actually looked worse than this. And the list of all the stuff that “must be done” before winter was stacking up. (Can you see the plywood we were using for pavers? We are so fancy around here.)
But within the last two weeks, progress is happening. Thanks to my husband’s inability to stop working and my uncle’s skid loader.
We had 8 or 9 loads of dirt delivered and Ryan filled in the yard and the slope between the garage and the exposed basement, which needed some fill. Then, he worked on the retaining wall – the first time we have needed one of these at our homes.
It was a matter of spending a ton of time on the first row to make sure it’s perfect and level. He even worked in a pretty slope for some added flair. Between the blocks and the soil is a layer of landscape fabric.
And then he stacked heavy, grown-up Legos. (I’m only partially kidding. But you know that this lady didn’t help at all so I have no clue.)
It’s really quite beautiful, as far as a wall goes.
And the area around the sliding door to the basement is getting a little facelift, too. Starting with some fill and rock. It’s kind of incredible how much better it looks already. It’s been a muddy and weed-filled mess for over a year. Now at least we have a little rock and a flatter area for the next steps.
As for what those next steps are, we’ll be adding some pavers here and a little landscaping.
At some point, I’d like this to become the new outdoor play area for Henry – the playhouse, toys and sand table need a spot and this would be a good spot.
Most of our play gear is still over at the barn, and this area like a natural place to move it all. Plus, it may be one of the only outdoor areas with hard surfaces for all those wheels (bikes and trikes and tractors, oh my).
I have plans, but we are running out of time before the snow flies. It’s probably not going to come together until next year, but progress is still a beautiful thing.
What would you do with this space?
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