We got stoned, patio that is

What happens when a friend removes a fish pond in her back yard and has a bunch of stone she no longer wants? Last summer we get ourselves some stone for a damn good price. We had thought out loud for a few seconds about doing something by the pond—a someday project. That someday came sooner than expected when the supply of stone landed on our laps, not literally, that would hurt. We busted our butts moving a truck load of stone, then went on a trip to the west coast, Big Sur is big awesome BTW. The same day we got back from that trip I grabbed a shovel out and broke ground.

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Before

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After

This was not fun to load and unload. I repeat, not fun.

This was not fun to load and unload. I repeat, not fun.

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Cutting out the sod.

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Sod out, dug out, weed barrier in place, sand added. Looks like a cat’s pooping dream, a giant litter box.

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I used a little sledge to shape and size the stone.

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Piecing together the puzzle.

Dry fitting the puzzle. We did this and decided we didn't like the hammock pole or the compost bin.

All dry fitted and leveled. We did this and decided we didn’t like the hammock pole or the compost bin. They went bye-bye.

Compost bin is gone and a new flower bed in the works.

Compost bin is gone and a new flower bed in the works.

The new compost bin, relocated and built out of all free materials.

The new compost bin, relocated and built out of all free materials.

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Close up of the filler. I used something called pit fines. It really wasn’t a material my research came across for this use. I saw it a Pines Landscaping and it looked like it would work and was cheap.

Another spot in the yard to drink beer.

Now we have another spot in the yard to drink beer.

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I put some rusty brake rotors as decoration at the back of the bed. They came off the Jetta when I changed brakes/rotors recently. Nothing wasted here.

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