[EDIT]:To see our almost finished backyard, click here.
After (literally) a year of planning, our decomposed granite patio is done (and for less than $500)!!
The first step in building our decomposed granite patio was to create an edge to hold back the gravel (you can read about that process here). Once that was finished, we were ready to have six cubic yards of decomposed granite delivered to our house
Here’s Kevin showing you how big the pile is in the Instagram pic below… his wingspan is about 6’4″.
The first step in actually building the patio was to lay down a layer of weed barrier. We went with Scott’s Landscape Fabric at $39 a roll (we only needed one) and laid it out across the patio, overlapping the edges by about four inches and adding piles of granite to hold it down (in lieu of using landscape staples).
For the first layer of granite we decided to work in sections, adding a one inch deep layer then tamping it down before rolling out more weed barrier and repeating the process.
We repeated this process until the entire patio had a thin layer of granite, then we started the process all over again, adding granite, leveling it with the garden rake, and tamping it down. We repeated these steps until we had about four inches of granite on the entire patio (which went much faster than expected thanks to a little help from our friends… thanks guys!).
Throughout the construction we left our tripod in one place in the yard and took a photo any time we stopped to take a break and rest our aching muscles. What we ended up with is a great progression of how the patio came together.
We’re so excited (and a little shocked) that we were able to build a 500+ square foot patio for less than $500! Here’s the breakdown:
– (3) 6×6 pressure treated landscape timbers, $60
– (6) 2′ long 1/2″ rebar stakes, $15
– (1) roll Scott’s Landscape Fabric, $39
– (6) cu. yds. decomposed granite (delivery included), $331
For a grand total of (drum roll please): $445!
We had budgeted over $700 for the project, so this leaves us with a lot of room in the rest of the budget to play with!
The sprinker system is going in today and tomorrow, so we’ll be ready for sod by the weekend! I can’t wait to actually have a yard again instead of a giant dirt hole!
Can’t wait to share our Pinterest Challenge project with you tomorrow (even though technically it won’t be finished)! How are your projects coming along? Have you ever finished a project way under budget?