For the last couple years the back patio has been our labor of love (and hate). We’ve had some frustrating times and tears might have been shed, decks and stairs built, ripped out and rebuilt again. It was a wild ride, but I’m happy to report, IT’S COMPLETE, and I’m happy as a clam. Well, minus furniture it’s complete, but I had to save something for next year.
When we bought the house we had no idea the condition the back patio was in because it was covered in about 2 feet of snow. Note to self, never, ever buy a home in the middle of winter. It’s impossible to inspect the roof, yard and outdoor living areas. The home inspector wouldn’t even touch it. Fast forward to closing day and the snow had melted, we went out back and low and behold the retaining wall was falling over, the drop from the patio to grass really needed a railing (Which upon embarking on this project we were told it was unsafe and also, not to code.), it was covered in moss, and a family of chipmunks had burroughed their way under the pavers and into the foundation. Basically, it was caving in. Awesome. Ya not so much.
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