The first project up on the list of outdoor projects was a patio to place all our outdoor furniture on. Now we had now idea when we started what an endeavor this would turn out to be. We began by digging an 8-inch deep hole to hold the patio base made up of crushed stone and sand. Then we laid flagstone in the sand and here is where we stopped for the year. We plan on finishing it with some soil and ground cover plants that should fill in the gaps. We are so pleased with the way it turned out and now can't wait to use it next year.
Project #2: When we got to the house we realized the front was in desperate need of help. First we sanded and painted the deck, a 5-day project. Note to self never own a wrap around wood deck again, way to much maintenance. Next we covered in the underside of the deck to add to the appearance and keep dogs and unwanted pest out. Lastly we ripped out a bunch of unsightly bushes and trimmed up the ones we decided to keep before tilling it all and planting new hostas with a ton of bark. Whew, another project done!
This photo is actually half way through, the deck has been painted, we've ripped out some bushes and started covering some of the lower half.