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The backyard is done!

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  1. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    After initially thinking I could renovate our backyard by myself and lay a patio using my existing red stone, taking Dan-O ‘s suggestions of having a professional installation was worth it. The workers came in Tuesday at 9am and finished this afternoon at 5pm. Two guys in 95*+ temperatures and they finished in three days.

    My pictures from before they started work are a bit older, but you can get the basic idea.











    The grass is alive in the pictures, but I had killed it with Round-Up per the builder’s request. I looks better in these pictures than when they actually started. The solo box you can see in the fourth picture was already pulled out, so it was a giant dead spot. You can see the ‘great brown spot’ by the garden boxes and the dead circle in the middle of the yard as well. Nothing would grow in any of those locations, scorched earth-style.

    I can home from work Tuesday to them having pulled all of the red stone up, flattened the built the patio base, and removed all of the perimeter rock.



    Wednesday I came home to a completed patio, existing grass removed, fertilizer tilled in, and the lawn area leveled. They also lifted the garden beds to be consistent to the patio surface.











    Today I came home to a finished backyard. Sod planted, new perimeter rock laid, and sprinklers rearranged. They also removed a massive pile of river rocks that I couldn’t even give away.











    Wifey wants to find a nice fireplace that she can put on the patio, and then we’re done with that.

    My thoughts on fixing the deck by myself however are toast. Dan-O was nice enough to look at some pictures of our known issues and suggested that we call in a pro. Our contractor referred us to a deck guy that he’d worked with in the past, who came out same day to get an estimate for necessary repairs. Most deck contractors were saying 2+ weeks before they could even come by look at it, so the promptness was great. He should be coming out this weekend to do the repairs and add a gate to the top of the stairs for Haley.

    We are going to wait for the grass to take on 3-4 weeks and hopefully have a nice barbeque. All of the local Monkey’s are invited, so I’ll let you know once we get closer to the date.

    *edit* Just thought about it and I'm probably going to stain the fence too, as that will look quite nice.
     
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  2. eric strt6

    eric strt6 Resident Curmudgeon

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    very nice, now water and feed that lawn so the roots take before you let anyone on it
     
  3. dan-o

    dan-o Turbo Monkey

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    Looks great.
    Now use your free weekends to ride your bike.
     
  4. Quo Fan

    Quo Fan don't make me kick your ass

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    [sarcasm]Put a 6' high wall around the patio, there is a trip and fall hazard.[/sarcasm]

    Looks good.
     
  5. chillindrdude

    chillindrdude Turbo Monkey

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    what? no pump track? boo!;)
     
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    that's an awfully tiny back yard
     
  7. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    It's plenty enough for our needs.
     
  8. MMike

    MMike A fowl peckerwood.

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    It's cute that you californians call that a "back yard"
     
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    jonKranked Press Button, Receive Stupid

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    right. i'd hate to be jammed up on neighbors like that.
     
  10. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    I'm in Colorado now.

    I don't like it because of the closeness, but it's 12min from work and has incredible schools. It fit over 90% of our wants/needs and was under priced by 5-8% to the market.
     
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    jonKranked Press Button, Receive Stupid

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    i hope your neighbors aren't a$$holes
     
  12. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    They're great. Our neighbor to the right is actually Haley's daycare too.
     
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    jonKranked Press Button, Receive Stupid

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    you're probably the a44hole neighbor


    ;)
     
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    atrokz Turbo Monkey

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    Was going to say! All that work and no pump track!

    Looks nice though!
     
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    jonKranked Press Button, Receive Stupid

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    that would be one tiny pump track
     
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    atrokz Turbo Monkey

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    Could make a pumptrack from the patio stone. Just tell the wife something happened to the ground and it bumped up everywhere, and she'll have to live with it.
     
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    Nice - its not everybody who want a big back yard. Small back yard is less work too.
     
  18. Colonel Angus

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    Looks fantastic!

    (please tell me that all those pavers are on a slab....)
     
  19. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    roadbed
     
  20. Colonel Angus

    Colonel Angus Monkey

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    well, I wish you the best of luck with that. What was the depth? Was there an agreed compaction spec that was measured, or did they just go over it with a tamper? You're in the Denver area, right? The frost depth there is 3 feet. If the base course is wet, it will move.

    #sorrytobeabuzzkill
     
  21. stevew

    stevew unique white person

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    pump tracks offer nothing in resale value of house unless you find a flat billed bro to buy....
     
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    stevew unique white person

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    a kidney shaped pool in the grassy area on the other hand....
     
  23. atrokz

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    Will find you a long haired shirtless 'dude' with $2 in his pocket, a skateboard and a wicked tan?
     
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    Looks great Stoney.
     
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    Nice, you'll have to post in the Garden Pron thread once those plants start producing, it's getting a little lonely in there!
     
  26. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    For the non-raised area, the dug down about 6" for the base. Our contractor said that is there is any movement to let him know and they will fix it.
     
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    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    That looks awesome, good call on the pros.
     
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    Looks pretty good. :thumb:
     
  29. berkshire_rider

    berkshire_rider Growler

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    Technically, Quo's right. Was there a reason you didn't bring in some fill and make the entire yard level? :confused:

    Looks good, otherwise.:thumb:
     
  30. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Could be worse. Could be a PITA bigger back yard.


     
  31. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Probably to maintain slope *away* from the house?
     
  32. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    This. We are required to maintain a certain level of slope to the backyard for drainage, and to keep slope away from the house.
     
  33. berkshire_rider

    berkshire_rider Growler

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    Understood. I was referring specifically to the area by the rear patio area where it looks like there's at least a 6-8" difference between the blue stone and the sod. Especially at the fence. Imagine it would look much nicer aesthetically if the sod came up close to the patio level and then gradually tapered to the back corner. Would remove the possibility of potential incidents with kids or whatever.

    In the end, it's your backyard. If you like it as is that's all that matters. :)
     
  34. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    I know you were referring to that. We were seriously limited by the county how much we could change the grade. We added a few inches as is. They would have dug down, but the large tree in the corner has rooted into our yard. If they had tilled through the roots, we'd have liability if the tree fell...