Gravel At Your Feet

This weekend Kev and I are planning on getting the first of the two structures in our backyard completely down. It’s the smaller one; it was a bar with a slot for the kegerator, but it faced the wrong direction and is right in them middle of where our new decomposed granite patio will be. At the moment, it looks like this:

We’re pretty sure that with two sledge hammers and an entire day spent swinging away we ought to be able to bring her down.

Of course, with that space cleared (or at least nearly so) we’ve started dreaming about actually building our granite patio. We had a general idea of what we wanted and how to do it, but last night we sat down and actually priced out all the necessities.

First, we looked up how to build a crushed granite patio. We found this great video from DIY network that make it look pretty easy.

Next, we needed to know exactly how much material we’d be needing. According to our plans, our patio will be approximately 20’x 25′. That’s 500 sq. feet.

With 4″ of gravel and 500 square feet., we’ll need 166 cubic feet total of rock, or about bout 6 yards. We’ll end up getting three each of the base rock and granite.

We found a couple local material dealers that sell both base rock (we’re going with crushed concrete because it’s cheaper than limestone) and decomposed granite. The average price was $35/cu. yard for the crushed concrete and $75/ cu. yard for the decomposed granite. Both prices were about half what we were expecting (which is always awesome)!

All in all, we’re looking at a total of $330 for our stone before tax and delivery. Of course, we’ll also need to purchase some 4×4 posts to line the bed, rebar to hold the posts in, and weed cloth to keep out those pesky dandelions (although I’ve heard news paper works pretty well).

We’re hoping build the entire patio for about $600. We have a $1300 budget, so that’s just under half and will leave us with about $700 for building our bar and fire pit, buying furniture and accessories, resodding the back yard, and planting flowers. It’s going to be close, but I”m confident we’ll make it happen!

Here’s what we have left to do:

  • Remove old bar
  • Remove old hot tub/covered deck
  • Grade patio area
  • Build patio
  • Build bar
  • Build fire pit
  • Build wrap-around stairs on existing deck
  • Add furniture
  • Add accessories
  • Sod backyard (will probably have to wait for spring)
  • Plant flowers (also probably a spring project)

We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us!

What are your plans for the weekend? Anyone else planning on swinging the ol’ sledgehammer? Who knew rocks could cost so much??


9 thoughts on “Gravel At Your Feet

  1. I got a little lost in the numbers part (math was never my strong suit) but I am very excited that you’re going to be knocking down the rest of the structure and starting on the building process. I bet if you tell your friends you’re using a sledge hammer to knock things down, they’ll all want to help out! Good luck this weekend 🙂

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