Texas Patio

Dale and I have been busy as bees here at the Phillips Place spending our spring time getting our yard ready for summer!

I’m excited about our new red fence next to the stone patio! But let me tell you about the patio first. The area next to the garden shed had a low spot that collected rain water. I came up with the idea to build the area up by installing a stone patio. Last fall we had sand brought in, to spread in the backyard and ended up with more than we needed. So we used some of the sand to build up the area for the stone patio. We didn’t get technical about it. Dale made a frame using some landscape timbers we had on hand. He shoveled the extra sand to the area and we pounded the sand using our body weight by stepping and jumping on the sand. Yeah! I know we must’ve looked a little crazy, plus we don’t have a lot of body weight, so if the patio falls apart later you know why! Ha-ha! We finished the patio all in a days work. Not bad huh! Dale later installed a stone sidewalk next to the garden an unexpected surprise!

Before Picture

We removed shrubs for the fence.

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To make the frame square we had to cut part of this tree. We plan to cut this tree down in the fall. Landscape timbers for the frame.

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Filling with sand.

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The first and the last stone laid

After we squared the patio we were left with a small odd shape area by the patio. Dale concrete that spot.

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Made sure to put our initials and date.

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Sidewalk

 Dale used treated 1 x 4’s to make the form for the stone sidewalk.

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After picture of sidewalk.

Fresh dirt under the shrubs.

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Red Fence

I’ve always wanted a picket fence next to the garden shed and trying to come up with an idea on how to make that happen. We previously had a fence in our backyard hiding our propane tank. After the flood we had the propane tank removed and Dale suggested we should reuse the fence for the patio area. A good idea because all we needed was to purchase concrete and a couple of 2 x 4’s for the project. Dale shorten the fence by cutting a foot off the height so that we would have a view of the front yard. It’s not exactly a picket fence but it is a fence and it works for me.

Setting the post for the fence.

Cutting the fence for the desired height.

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One side installed.

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Painted the fence to match the red gate.

Color is Red Geranium by Glidden Wal-Mart.

After Picture

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I love our patio! It’s a nice peaceful spot to sit and have a glass of iced tea or a cup of coffee. I also appreciate our new stone sidewalk a much stable walkway and makes it easier to get to and from the garden shed. The cherry on top! Is the red fence! It really stands out! I can imagine some good times will be spent here in this beautiful Texas patio.

Our Texas Patio

After Pictures.

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The Hearts of Texas.

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I hope you enjoyed reading about our Texas Patio as much as I’ve enjoyed telling you about our outdoor project.

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Author: Elizabeth Phillips

Life style blogger. Wife to Dale Phillips, Mother to two daughters Irene and Mary and a grandmother of four. Love photography and all forms of art. Love reading books, magazines and studying the bible. My guilty pleasure is eating chocolate ice cream. My favorite foods, cheese burgers and love grill chicken! My all time favorite is enjoying a cup of coffee with a friend. Good conversations happen when drinking coffee together! Most of all I love hanging out with my husband he is the coolest guy I know.

8 thoughts on “Texas Patio”

  1. You two are amazing designers and workers….what a unique patio, love the red fence and lone star on the shed. Sidewalk looks so inviting, I know you all like walking to the patio, sitting and enjoying Phillips Place! What’s your next project? How are your neighbors who were also “flooded out” with you?
    Thinking of you and waiting……

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    1. Hello Grace, So sweet of you to ask about our neighbors. The neighbors behind us and in front of us are still building. It’s been a slow process for some, but most are now settled into their homes. Next project will be posting about my garden soon and in the fall plan to redo one of the rooms inside the house. Thank you so much for your compliments, your words touch my heart.

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  2. Wow, it’s very beautiful, I can wait to come and have tea or coffee, you guys been busy. Love it. 

    Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device

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