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Update On Our Backyard

Ever since we moved into our home, we knew we would have to tackle the back yard. There is creek that runs through it, that has been eroding away our property at an astronomical rate. The grade was so bad, that water would just pool in several areas after we had any rain. The patio was built incorrectly and the sand that was used as back-fill behind the retaining wall seeped out. We didn’t even allow our kids to play back there. It was a total waste of a yard. This year, we decided it was time to redo it.

We were under the impression we could do everything but the decorative concrete patio work ourselves. We were wrong. As much as a “DIY’er” me and my husband are, we realized there are some things best left to the professionals.We were still able to remove all of the old retaining wall blocks ourselves and excavate the land with a rented bobcat. Other than that, the amazing company, Concrete Tailors  of Noblesville, IN came in and blew us away.  We are about 50% done with the project and the progress brings tears to my eyes. I just had to share some before and after pictures with everyone.

Before  (view of the patio and old retaining wall)

Before (view from the yard)

 Before (view from the basement door after half the retaining wall blocks were removed)

Half Way Done! New view from the basement door!

View from the yard

Another view from yard

Patio floor is decorative concrete! Can you believe it was the most inexpensive route?! Well, other than standard concrete.

New retaining wall block from Lowe’s.

More pictures to come!!

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2 Responses to “Update On Our Backyard”

  1. April 5, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    It looks great! We need to do something with our cookie cutter house backyard. We got quoted a CRAZY price on pavers…def not something I want to shell out 10’s of thousands for. I would rather finish our basement. Our land is pretty flat so we might try to DIY?. Is the concrete pretty reasonable?

    • Lauren Bower
      April 5, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

      Oh my gosh yes! Off the top of my head, I think it was $8 per sq. ft. That includes everything (prepping, base, concrete pour, texturizing, tinting and cleaning up. I would do it again in a heart beat.

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