Check out how this family saved $10,000 with a little elbow grease and a lot of vision!
It's that time of year where design projects turn inside out. We are no longer stuck inside during the harsh winter months, staring at our interior and deciding what to do next (this is at least true in the great northeast). And while getting outside is exciting and invigorating, it can also lead us to expensive projects and undertakings like patios.
Take for example the patio (pictured below) that was in much need of repair and renovation:
The owners of this patio, Cheryl & Anders Rasmussen, are good friends of mine. While working on some interior projects in their home, they had picked my brain a bit for ideas on what to do with their patio. Thinking that the only way to turn was to dig up the existing patio and have a concrete slab poured, they received several estimates for a stamped concrete patio. All of the estimates seemed to fall right around the $10,000 mark. That price tag seemed to be a commitment and investment that was above and beyond.
So - let the brainstorming begin! It appeared that the stone in the existing patio was in decent shape. The issue was that the size of the patio was too small, it was no longer level and quite honestly looked dated and was more of an eyesore than anything. We talked about their goals and looked to Pinterest for inspiration and ideas. We came up with an idea that would reuse the existing stone, cost very little money, and could be done on their own.
With some patience and a good level, this beautiful patio was born for only $250!!!!
The first step was to dig up the existing patio and stack the stone pavers. Next - they brought in dirt to level the area and tamper it down. After that, they were able to take their existing stone and start laying stout based on the newly decided upon dimensions of their patio area.
Next - they used a push broom to spread the pea stone evenly in-between their stone pavers so that the pea stone laid just below the surface of the paver stone. This can be a good job for the little ones :)
That's it folks! A beautiful new patio area that's functional and didn't break the bank. This DIY project can be done with a variety of stone paver shapes and sizes. Thank you to Cheryl and Anders for the great before and after photos, and congratulations on your new awesome patio! Well done...ENJOY :)