Stone down, pipes hidden!
This feels like a major milestone for the patio, it's looked a mess for a long time so it's nice to have moved forward with it. Dad's helped me every step of the way with this, he's my expert digger driver and he's always pushing me to get more done in a day, he'll think nothing of starting to concrete something at nine at night!
Here's what's gone on in the last week or so with the patio, most of it over last weekend ( I also had my brother help me one night to get the stone down, I'd be lost without my family on jobs like this!)
|Before picture - it's looked like this since November last year!|
|Pipe work and ducting to the boiler|
|Drainage pipe in to pick up from the extension|
|Levelling the ground before adding the top layer of stone|
|Adding some concrete against the retaining wall for extra strenght|
|Concrete added to the edges|
|Weed membrane down then stone added to the top|
|As usual we had a little bit of digger trouble! Track tensioner broke, not a difficult fix luckily!|
|Stone then scalpings added and wackered down to give us a firm base to lay the slabs on|
|Another view of how far we've got with the patio|
We can only get half of the patio in at the moment as the extension needs to go in before we can do the other half, but at least this way we can get somewhere to eat outside again, we've really missed out outside meal times!
What do you think to our progress so far? What type of slabs or finish would you go for up on our patio?