Thursday, July 5, 2012

Fast-forward...

Like I mentioned in my last post, I'm a little behind on revealing the progress of our patio.  It's just what happens when we have a visit from my beloved parents.  We end up getting involved in a million and one projects, and then I get overwhelmed with how much I need to share with you all.  Of course that causes me to run and hide my head under some pillows until I get the courage to face my blogging dashboard again.

But I'm back now...and before I even get started with the little projects we just tackled, I'm going to share our UHHHHH-MAZING new patio!!  The slab went through quite a few stages since you saw it herehere, here and here.

Yesterday you saw the wet concrete.


Then we had a stained, almost-cured pad...complete with hand drawn stones.  {Yup, those things are manually drawn by our concrete guy.}


Then later that night, he came back to cut the joints into the concrete.


Oh, and while all of this was going on, they uncovered the fact that our gutter was draining into this...a root-busted and completely packed PVC pipe.




But that was no worry because our phenomenal patio guy had his crew create a dry well for us.  I mean really, do contractors get any better than this?!?!

Sorry...back to the patio.

After the joints were cut, it was time to make a second step {we weren't happy with how just one looked, so they agreed to create another one}, and they also started to paint the crevices between the stones.



Then it was time to blow the patio off to prep the surface to be sealed.


And after the sealing process, we were blessed with this beautiful outdoor space!!!!





COULDN'T.BE.HAPPIER.  So what do you guys think?  Quite a bit better than what we started with right??




{Btw, if anyone in the NJ area needs the best concrete guy around, contact Alex at http://www.stampedconcretenj.com/.  He is THE BEST!}

23 comments:

  1. That patio is amazing! Love the effect of the stones.

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  2. Can I just say WOW?!! Your patio guy did an amazing job!! I love all the detail...it looks so much better and now you guys can enjoy it out there! Beautiful!!

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    1. Thanks...I totally agree, Whitney! I think our guy did a fantastic job! We've really enjoyed having that space so far! :)

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  3. Holy Smokes! That looks fantastic! Your guys did an awesome job! Can't wait to see it all dressed up!

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    1. Thank you, Diana! I can't wait to dress it up. ;)

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  4. Wow! That looks beautiful. I love how it's so irregular and real stone looking! But I have a question... what happened to the window you got rid of?

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    1. Thanks so much, Megan! I love how he free-handed all that stuff too!!

      And good eye! You saw that we used to have two small windows next to each other. If you check our main bathroom reno...we combined the original main and master baths to create a big main bath...so where the one window was, is now a vanity. It was closed up during that reno process. Hope that answers your question! :)

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    1. Thanks Brandi...I definitely agree! :)

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  6. It looks fabulous!! I bet you can't wait to get out there and enjoy it!

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    1. Thanks so much, Christine! Definitely...we have used it so many times already...we're in love! :)

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  7. Oh man! It looks so awesome! I absolutely love that it looks like stone! Jesse and I have been looking into this for our patio one day.

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    1. Me too...I was shocked how great of a job our guy did free-handing all that stuff! That's awesome, I definitely think you guys would love it! :)

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  8. Wow! the drawn stones are SO cool and so realistic! I think my favorite part of the whole thing are the steps, they are so pretty and natural looking. Quite an improvement from before :)

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    1. Oooooh, we love the steps too! I can't believe how great of a job they did on them. Thanks for checking out our patio! :)

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  9. Looking amazing! I really hope to do that to our wrap around porch and walkway soon.

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    1. Thank you! You definitely should look into it...we are obsessed! :)

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  10. The patio looks amazing! And it really looks like you've been doing an incredible job with the house too! It's looking so great :)

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    1. Thank you so much...I appreciate it! :) Thanks for stopping by!!

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  11. That looks amazing! I want to do stamped concrete in my backyard. I absolutely love how you did that. I might copy you...

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