A year ago this Sunday Kevin and I bought the Little House from a dental student. He was moving to Florida to do his dental residency but had put a lot of TLC into the LH before he left… especially in the backyard. Everything that he had done seemed great on paper: expanded the deck, built a bar, hot tub, and flagstone patio. Score! Or so we thought. Turns out, the deck was expanded to cover the concrete hot tub that never worked, the bar faces the wrong direction and is stuck out in the middle of nowhere, and the flagstone was poorly laid, cracked, and unlevel.
While the deck extension and bar are nice to have, they’re poorly placed and break up our already small yard. Kevin and I have been planning on ripping everything out of the backyard since we moved in. We’d really like tear everything out, resod and make a small gravel patio with a small outdoor kitchen, seating area, and fire pit on the far side of our yard.
While Kevin was trimming on Saturday, I decided to see how difficult it was going to be to rip up the flagstone. I really only intended to pull up one or two stones and stop there. Really. (You can see the whole side of the yard that the deck extension and bar cut off. We never use this side of the yard, even though it’s very spacious and shady. This is where we want to put our new patio.)
It started just as a few stones, but it ended up being a whole giant can of worms. Once I showed Kevin what I’d done, he wanted to get in on the action. By the time we quit on Saturday, we had more than half the flagstone up. By Sunday night, we had all the stone up and were breaking up the concrete that the stones were set in. We were also so sore that all we could do was lay on the couch. I’m still that sore, in fact.
I’m a bad blogger and don’t have pics of where we are now: we’re still breaking up concrete, filling our (new) wheelbarrow, and dumping the concrete along our alley (where weeds have taken over). When we finish removing all the concrete, we’re going to start on removing the bar (that thing by Kev’s head) to open up our new patio area.
We’ve decided to hold off redoing the flooring in our office in lieu of sprucing up outside while it’s cool enough to actually work outside (if we wait until later in the summer it will be too hot). We’ll still be replacing the carpet in our office; it will just be this summer or fall instead of now.
We’re still working on a final plan of what we want to build out back, but we know that we want to create a whole outdoor living space. Right now, we’re being inspired by these ideas (from Pinterest, of course).
We’re really excited about working on our backyard. We love spending time out there and can’t wait to have a great outdoor space to entertain in.
Do you think we’re crazy for tearing everything out of the backyard? What do you think of gravel patios?