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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Create an Outdoor Room















The spot that the Hubster and I like to watch the spectacular Florida sunsets from was nice enough; we had comfy chairs I had recently painted to update the forest green, lots of flowering plants, and market umbrellas overhead to tame the light. The trouble was, it was completely undefined.

To anchor a room, you use a rug. Why not an outdoor room?

First, hit the home center. I picked up weed blocker fabric, leveling sand, pea gravel, 12" pavers, and some cool U shaped pins to hold the weed fabric down.
The beer was not a bad idea either.







Next, lay your fabric out, cut to the desired size, and use the U pins to hold it in place.













Grab the leveling sad and spread it evenly over the fabric.






























































All projects go more smoothly with adequate feline supervision.











































Next, place your pavers in a grid pattern, spacing them evenly, the liberally perform the Riverdance on them to flatten them out.

Dump all of the pea gravel on top of the pavers, and use a broom to sweep it into the spaces between the pavers. Get it nice and even.





















Replace your furniture, and enjoy! This whole project was less than $100 and it took the The Teen Minions and I just over an hour to complete. Check your local ordinances, but since we did no digging, no permits were needed.

5 comments:

Liz said...

Cute! That is a great way to get more use out of your yard. Love that idea! :)

~Liz

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

This is a great solution! I know you are enjoying your yard that much more! Thanks for sharing and see you next week! Rory

Life in Rehab said...

Thank you both for the compliment!

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

Nice! That looks much easier than what we were going to do. I think we're going to take the extra easy way out and just do a rug (ok, I actually already ordered it. But I will use this for another muddy utility area we have to tackle!

Marie-Andrée said...

This is great.but, if I can, you make 2 mistakes. For today it is OK but for next year...In first you must put sand and gravilla (1/4) on the ground after you put your fabric. For the fabric you must (this is realy a "you must do") put one or two inches on the other part of fabric. I don't know how but the weed are clever. They see how to get the light.
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