Well, it’s been an interesting few weeks. (*Shakes fist at Mother Nature*)
Back when I first announced #ProjectPatio, I truly believed that my backyard oasis was around the corner. Like, days away. But then, a little something happened – a frost warning. IN MAY. Followed by days of rain and chilly weather. In case you didn’t know, frost + rain + chilly weather = Lena’s non-patio.
It was exceptionally difficult because we had these gorgeous pieces from the Home Depot Canada simply sitting in our garage; it was almost blasphemes not to put a WEBER Genesis S-330 to use (trust me, my husband tried), and I longed to break in my new Hampton Bay Millstone Dining Set. Still, we gave Mother Nature a wide berth and waited for the temps to turn around.
Finally, shortly after the May long weekend, I finally had a chance to bid adios to my plain, uninspiring backyard.
The above picture was taken seconds after the work crew began to dig; I realized in panic that I didn’t have any “before” photos. Not much to look at, to tell the truth; a vast landscape of overgrown grass and a lonely bubble mower.
Excavation began in the wee hours of a very chilly morning. We ended up having all of the grass in our backyard ripped out, as there were patches that resisted growth after years of supporting a play structure the boys had long since outgrown. Removing the grass took most of the morning and it was quite a sight to see the backyard barren. Side note: it looks like the bubble mower found a new home on our front lawn.
Next, it’s all about the framing. We wanted our patio design to be contemporary yet functional, and we worked with our contractor to design a large patio with clean lines. On the sides, we left room for a future garden.
As you can see, the patio takes up the majority of our backyard, and I’m completely cool with that. I’ve never been a “grass” person, and as the boys grow, they’re less interested in hanging around in our backyard – opting for playing in the park, running through the soccer field or riding their bikes instead. Hence, the less lawn to mow, the better.
Cement was poured the first sunny, warm-ish day. Morning temperatures were a chilly 4°C, but since it was still above freezing, we avoided the risk of having the cement crack. (People, we are talking about the end of May here! I can’t believe we were fighting against frost and freezing rain.)
Next, the magic began – adding colour to the concrete, and stamping the pattern. I must have watched the entire procedure from my sliding door; I was so enthralled with the entire process. Say hello to my contractor’s crew – my next door neighbours on the other side. Yep – I’m surrounded by handymen! We were convinced to include a two-tone border in the design, and I’m happy we decided to go ahead with it. The border gives the patio a professional finish that I adore, and I’m a huge fan of the contrasting colours!
After what seemed like minutes, the patio was stamped and chiseled. And now, the real waiting game began; allowing the patio to cure before it was powerwashed and sealed. Just knowing that my patio was being “born” under the coloured soot made me giggle with glee. Here’s a top view from my bedroom window – excuse the mesh screen!
Finally, 48 hours later, the patio was powerwashed to reveal its inner beauty. I was jumping up and down and fist-pumping as the glorious concrete underneath shone through. It’s a thing of beauty! (*Wipes tear from eye*)
Isn’t it just gorgeous? Okay, I’m getting slightly emotional here. But the thing is, I’m such a “drinks on the patio” kind of girl, and I’ve waited for this patio for so long. So the fact that I actually have somewhere to sit and enjoy those drinks is very, very awesome.
Now I know y’all have been waiting to see the goodies provided by the Home Depot Canada to dress up my patio… but that’s another post. Still, you know I won’t leave you hanging! Even though I’ll be reviewing the patio set and barbecue in separate posts, may I present… my finished #ProjectPatio!
Sigh… I suppose I *could* write my reviews for the Hampton Bay Millstone Dining Set and Weber Genesis S-330 Grill now… but you know what? I’d rather have a drink on the patio :) I’ll be back in the next few weeks to tell you all about my favourite patio furnishings. Until then… cheers!