Props to Pete for producing the perfect patio.
I can’t take any credit for our latest patio project; the guy’s a flagstone rockstar, singlehandedly bettering our backyard and making an outrageously cool, functional, and livable space. We spent all of Sunday relaxing, which, to us, implies doing anything but staring/working at computer screens, and instead kept our muscles in check with some hard core labor. Pete’s flagstone project, legit labor. Mine? Semi-laborious sanding and staining of the kitchen cabinetry, but still enough for me to wake up with a right bicep that was still swollen to double the size of the left, and oddly, a bruised left buttcheek, but I’m used to those kind of DIY ailments. Mostly, I just looked like I was getting away with something as I sneaked through his worksite with stained fingers.
Side note: My neon pink sneaks from 2005 prove that I’m so ahead of the neon trend, yo.
Pete likened the flagstone installation to DIY Crossfit with natural material weights (like buckets of sand and 200 lb. rocks). We gave you guys a heads up that this was going to be happening in the near future, but two patios in one month in 1/10-acre lot must be some kind of Guinness Book of World Record. I don’t know, I’ve been too busy staining to give them a ring.
A couple of notes on this construction:
- We did not use crusher run beneath this patio. Rationale: We’ve both lived with patios and pathways created using only sand underlayment that do not flex/bend/break/warp dramatically, and are optimistic that this one will be a-OK too. The stones are a lot heavier than simple bricks and pavers, after all. While we had a lot of extra sand from our first patio project, we were fresh out of the crusher, and even though we know it’s not “the way” to do it right, we wanted to save ourselves $50 in stone and $50 in delivery charges and see how this worked. Live and learn and sometimes experiment to save money.
- There’s no polymeric sand either. We’re just using normal sand in the cracks as filler just until we see how the stones flex/bend/break/warp after a season of freezing and thawing. We also kind of like the idea of having grass or moss between the stones in this part of the yard, but mostly didn’t want to put polymeric between stones that were bound to shift a little bit over time.
- It’s curved edge was a nice finishing touch, rather than making the new patio a rigid square/rectangle. The shape actually now mirrors nicely with what we did with the first flagstone patio, which is a completely round flagstone circle.
- Dudes, we still have a LOT of stones leftover. More to come on how we’re going to use those babies.
Honestly, what an awesome backyard transformation this whole flagstone undertaking has been.