Recently the guys from Double P Construction have been making quite a bit of progress with the concrete pavers in the backyard. If you have no idea what I’m talking about check out this post here that talks about the inspiration and the plan. It’s really exciting to see things coming together.
First we started by marking the layout with spray paint.
Then the guys used string line to make a more definitive layout that would guide them in forming all the pavers with 2×4’s.
After forming everything it’s time to start the concrete process. First the sand goes down to create a compact surface, then wire mesh is placed in the sand and will act to strengthen the concrete. Then of course the concrete is mixed and poured. We used white portland cement because we want to stain it an earthy color which would be really difficult to achieve with grey concrete.
And this is what it looks like after all the forms are removed!
The large pad at the top right of the image is where the future “outdoor kitchen” area will be with a grill, small sink and counter prep area. The other large pad at the bottom of the photo is where we’ll put a table for outdoor dining. We wanted a larger pad for the table so we wouldn’t have to worry about chair legs getting caught in between pavers.
The area shown above with the smaller pavers is actually covering a cistern where we will collect rain water! We had to use smaller pavers otherwise it would look odd to have just one small paver which serves as the door to the cistern. I actually really like breaking up the space with different size pavers that define the various areas. In the future we could put a couple of lounge chairs here to catch some rays when the other lounge area is shaded.
River rocks will fill in the space between the pavers and we may even introduce some kind of dryscape grass in the future to soften the space.
We’re continuing the pavers in the rest of the backyard as well. The path below runs along the house connecting the outdoor kitchen area to the sunbathing area.
This path runs along the dock and pool connecting the sunbathing area to the dining area. We left the center open for small trees and ground cover plants.
I’m really happy with how things are coming along. Can’t wait until we can start enjoying the space!!