Pam Wants a Patio

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Blog series by hjt updated 12-04-2013 03:02 PM 4 parts 6035 reads 10 comments total

Part 1: Planning and Building

10-09-2011 01:27 AM by hjt | 6 comments »

Pam has lots of ideas of how she’d like to transform the yard. Thankfully she’s willing to do this a little at a time. This year (2011) she felt that we could take some time and money to create a little patio area. The area where she wants to build this is where she has been storing loads of plants. It’s a great little area that backs up to our neighbor’s fence, plus their oak provides lots of shade – a wonderful commodity here in Florida. So Phase 1 was to clear the area and built the...

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Part 2: Phase 2 - The Floor

12-04-2013 01:07 PM by hjt | 0 comments »

So I was just reviewing my little world here at Lumber Jocks only to see that I’ve not added the next phases of this blog. I actually found the write up I created two years ago still on my computer for this phase and phase 3 – tough getting old. The things we forget. Phase 2 of the Patio was to bring in blocks to form the floor, Pam chose 16X16 patio blocks. This was by far the most aggravating phase of the project. I talked to people, read up a little and watched some videos on ...

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Part 3: Phase 3: Make’n it purty

12-04-2013 01:42 PM by hjt | 2 comments »

Now time for Phase 3 – to fill the beds with dirt so Pam can begin to integrate her plants. As you can see, Pam has lots to choose from. However, a softball injury knocked me out of commission for weeks. Thank God for good neighbors! Walt offered to pick up a truck load of compost and fill the bed for Pam. A few days later, on Pam’s day off, she and her friend Charlene began sorting and planting. The timing for this project worked out great as it is now ready fo...

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Part 4: Phase 4: Creating a Pergola

12-04-2013 03:02 PM by hjt | 2 comments »

Phase one ended with the 4 upright post positioned for the pergola. And while the first 3 phases came together within a months’ time; phase 4 had a full years delay. I bought the cypress boards shortly after we were done with phase 3, but somehow I never got around to getting the work done. So one year later… I was glad to see the post stayed upright and except for a little twisting were good to go. It’s tough to store 2×10x12 cypress, so for 9 months they just laid on saw horse ou...

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