Remove old bar Remove old hot tub/covered deck
- Grade patio area (away from the house, towards the alley)
- Install sprinkler system (professional)
- Run electrical for the patio (professional?)
- Build fire pit and bar foundation
- Build patio
- Build bar
- Have deck and fence restained (professional)
- Add furniture
- Add accessories
- Sod backyard
- Plant flowers
- Have HUGE crawfish boil!!
If you’ve not seen it, here’s what we’re going for: a large expanse of grass, a decomposed granite patio with fire pit, bar, and eating area, and a fully functional deck for entertaining (and this is where we started).
We’ve booked the sprinkler system install and are on the verge of booking the fencing contractor, so the next big thing in the yard is the decomposed granite patio. We started laying it out this weekend to see what it’ll look like when we’re done.
If you squint your eyes and use your imagination, you can start to see the patio take shape.
This area will have our future fire pit. Right now, we’re leaning towards a mobile copper pit instead of the stacked stone pit we’d originally envisioned.
Opposite the fire pit area will be our bar and food prep area. We’ll be moving our grill down here and have a place for our kegerator to slide in for parties. I’ve connected the stakes with white lines so you can see the shape we’re going for better.
It’s really rough (we didn’t measure this out, just eyeballed it and stuck stakes in the ground), but we’ll be pouring the concrete foundation soon.
We’re really getting antsy for the big pieces of the yard to come together. Once the fence is finished, we’ll build the patio and a day or so after the sprinklers go in we’ll lay the sod. We only have 32 days to get everything finished!!