Monday, August 25, 2008

Cobblestone Patio Project Progress Report

Here's look at where I'm at with my cobblestone patio project. It's still not quite finished but I do see a light at the end of the tunnel. It's been a couple weeks since my last update on the patio and my progress has been very intermittent. Last week I woke up on Wednesday morning nearly immobilized with a terrible back pain that eventually subsided but took days out of my project time. It felt like I pinched a nerve or had the worst back cramp you could possibly imagine. I've been able to get some quality work done this past week which is one reason why my posting and commenting on blogs (both this one and other garden bloggers) has been erratic.

Now that I have my excuses out of the way I'll give you a quick tour now of where the patio is and what still needs to be done!

When you come around the side of the house you will see and entry sidewalk. This part of the project will be finished next year as we add another length of it but for now a three foot length and a step down onto the main patio will greet the patio guests. I roughly (OK very roughly) laid out the paving stones in one possible arrangement before I set them in stone (pun alert!). To the right of the sidewalk will be a raised planting bed edged with stone. Into that bed I plan to place a Japanese maple and a few other plants to be determined later.


Here's a glimpse of the patio with the paving stones not quite set yet. I still need to work sand in between the cracks to stabilize them. I'll recover the edges of the patio with soil and hopefully plant a thyme around the edges of the patio. That will have to wait until I find the time and have the thyme!


Here you can see some areas that are set with sand in the cracks. The areas that are set are very solid.


In the center is where the planting bed will be and to the right will be the sidewalk that will extend to our garage door sidewalk. It's only one level now but next year we'll add a second tier.


I've got a few corners to finish up. I like the rounded edges since they make it seem a little less formal but they do require a little more finagling. I still have to carve the individual paving stones to fit the remaining gaps on the edges. Fortunately the stones aren't too difficult to size up but it will take a little time.


The patio is taking a little longer than I planned, but don't all projects? I should have it finished by the weekend if I take a few minutes each day to work on it. I can't wait for it to be complete!

11 comments :

  1. Wonderful project so far Dave. I can't wait to see the end results, and I love that you have future plans for adding to it.

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  2. This is coming along very well. It looks so nice already!

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  3. It's really coming along nicely. You can be proud. I hope your back is feeling better. Back pain is just the worst.

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  4. It looks really nice. I know you will be glad when you get the finishing touches done. Take good care of yourself. Back pain. Not funny.
    Donna

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  5. Dave, It looks wonderful...I love that you have set them in sand, so much better for rain to drain into the ground. Speaking of rain, have you gotten more today?

    Gail

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  6. I think it all looks good. I hope your back is much better now too. Mine will be hurting soon as it is a garden day. We got rain! Yeah! Almost one inch so far. Hope you did too.

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  7. The pavers are classy and the project looks professionally done. I bet you are saving a fortune. Stone is a rewarding material to work with cause it's lasting. You are making memories for your family. good luck with it.

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  8. Thanks for the compliments. The funny thing about my back is it doesn't bother me during the day only in the morning when I first wake up. I think I sleep on the wrong side or something. My back is doing much better and after the rain I should be able to finish the patio. Of course the rain is supposed to last a couple days. We've got 1.16 inches of rain so far. It's about time, thanks to Fay!

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  9. Dave, I sure wish you & the other bloggers had some of this wet stuff. Too much of it here. Will take a week for back yard/garden to dry enough. Ditches are full. I hope I don't loose anything. Poor plants can only take so much with their feet in water.
    Your patio is looking fantastic. I know you will be glad when it's finished. Will be really nice when you can add the second level. Nice forethought. Take care--bad back not good.

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  10. great looking pathway, looks like the blocks are coming on well!

    Good job!

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