Welcome back! I promised you there was more to come, and I keep my promises. In my previous post, I showed you how we did our patio on a budget. The next step in our Backyard Oasis makeover was to build a seat wall at the end of the patio, so that we could back fill and sorta, kinda have a level yard.
Hubby and I were planning on spending a day driving around looking at block options to see what would be the most economical, yet still pretty. We were thinking plain block that we would reface with ledger stone. We would need to get a good deal on it, because ledger stone is not cheap, Another option was retaining wall blocks. I wasn’t too sure about this option. I didn’t think it would look like I pictured it in my mind and I wasn’t sure how forgiving it was since the wall would curve a little.
Well, we’ve been having some good luck lately. On our first stop, we told the sales guy what we were planning on doing and he thought retaining wall block would work, and he just happened to have several pallets in the color we wanted sitting in the back 40 for three years, and they’d make us a great deal.
So that is the block we chose. We couldn’t pass it up. They sold it to us for $1.75 a block! These are normally $4-$5 a block. So we brought them home and started laying them out. They came out just like I wanted.
As you can see from the picture above, we had stained the patio. I obviously didn’t get any pictures of that. That was one of the pricier parts to this project. You can also see that we still had to work on the blocks in the opening. We kinda figured that out as we went along. Cutting the block caps was a giant pain in the butt, but the finished product looks great.
Once we got the blocks set we installed the french drain and connected it to the one the builder put in. We had previously cut the drain line to put in the patio, but with a few connector parts, we put it all back together.
Next step was to bring in dirt. Luckily for us, our builder is doing a new phase in our subdivision and had lots of dirt that they said we could have. Unfortunately, my poor hubby hauled 11 truck loads to back fill the wall and bring up the left side of the yard. Oy, I helped rake out, but he got the brunt of that hot job. You can see that we got the area where the step are going to go finished, we just needed to finish the caps.
I love how this is looking. Our yard was now more level and less slopey. Is that a word? We added some good topsoil and peat to the top layers before laying down the sod.
Things were really looking good. The sod on the side yard was finally taking so we kept moving the fence back and letting the dogs have a little more yard. We were so excited about having grass, we didn’t want them to ruin it!
About two years ago, we bought ten nandina bushes, because we knew someday, we would have this awesome space that we could plant them around. We bought them off the clearance cart. Every time we went to Lowe’s, we’d pick up another one. We ended up with four big ones and six small ones.
We made gradual stairs out of 2×8’s and added Mexican beach pebbles.
I love how this turned out! What do you think? (I know, we haven’t finished the caps yet!) Well, that’s it for this phase of our Backyard Oasis patio project. You MUST stay tuned for the third and final phase.
Now, as promised, it’s time for the giveaway!!! In honor of my new blog (thank you hackers), I am giving away a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Woo Hoo, who couldn’t use that? All you have to do is enter your name and email, upper right corner. That’s it. Once the givaway is over, winner will be announced on Facebook/DreamingofDIY, so make sure you like there too. Good luck to everyone!
And the winner is….Christina Caldwell Bruce. Congratulations Christina!
Until next time…