There’s a lot of things I love about our new home, but it has a few nooks of sadness. One being the patio, and that’s the one place during the summer months where we love to spend our time. There’s nothing quite like kicking back in the evening, crickets chirping, fireflies lighting up the woods. All that was missing last summer was the pool and a cabana boy. We had it good at the old place.
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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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