July 13, 2024


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Backyard Paradise: Open Floor Plan for the Great Outdoors

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Backyard Paradise: Open Floor Plan for the Great Outdoors

This 7 days, we’re in Charlotte, North Carolina, to make a stunning out of doors place for our Backyard Paradise contest winners.

Courtney Claugus was chosen as the lucky winner of our Backyard Paradise contest, so we’re providing her and her spouse Adam’s yard a makeover with enable from our close friends at Quikrete and Pavestone.

Examine on to discover about some of the tasks we tackled. 

Backyard Paradise: Open Floor Plan for the Great Outdoors
These huge, grey linear pavers complement the Claugus’ modern day residence. (3 Echoes Material Studio)

Construct Two Paver Patios

Two is better than a single! And in this, case, two paver patios provide much more area for out of doors residing! 

We designate one particular patio for seating and an additional for eating — like an open up floor strategy for the excellent outside.  

Crews from Quikrete, Pavestone and a community construction corporation build the dual patio set up. The first patio extends from the present concrete patio, and the next is on the other side of the residence. 

Worker uses compacter to compact paver base for a patio
Paver foundation provides a reliable foundation and also raises the pavers to be even with the concrete patio. (3 Echoes Written content Studio)

They first lay out the footprint for the patios, then add four inches of paver base to set up the foundation.

Level running over paver sand
Leveling the paver sand makes certain an even patio area. (3 Echoes Information Studio)

Immediately after compacting the paver base, they insert 1 inch of paver sand, then use a stage to make the surface area even.

Worker laying Pavestone Avant XL pavers
Staff use a string to make certain the traces keep even throughout the length of the patio. (3 Echoes Information Studio)

The patios are constructed with Pavestone’s Avant XL pavers. These massive, 16-by-16-inch patio stones have the look of substantial format plank pavers. The untrue joints on the gray pavers create clean traces, so they go well with Adam and Courtney’s contemporary-style house. To include some line selection, the crew rotated every single paver to develop crisscrossed lines.

Paver patio border edging
Smaller pavers build a border all over the massive pavers. (3 Echoes Articles Studio)

As soon as the big pavers are laid, the crew marks a line in which the border will get started and minimize it with a concrete observed. Then, they lay the lesser border pavers in a soldier system sample. 

Brush pushing sand over paver patio
Just like grout colour matters when laying tile, paver sand coloration would make a change on a patio. (3 Echoes Articles Studio)

The last step is filling the joints. We use a granite screening to complement the pavers as perfectly as the house’s color. for high-quality. 

Stepping patio stones next to a concrete slab and flower border
These matching pavers build stepping stones to unite the two patios. (3 Echoes Articles Studio)

Immediately after the patios are comprehensive, we put a couple of pavers among them to build stepping stones, so the two are united.

Pavestone Rumblestone outdoor fireplace
The outside fire turns into the excellent focal place for this seating location. (3 Echoes Material Studio)

Develop Outdoor Fire

Each individual seating region wants a focal issue, so we build an outdoor fire.

We use Pavestone’s Rumblestone Outdoor Hearth Package in Greystone. Ahead of we assemble the hearth, we lay 8 inches of paver base, compacting it in levels, so we have a durable basis.  

Constructing this fireplace is uncomplicated due to the fact the package contains a set of shade-coded drawings that element which blocks go where by on every single stage.

Rumblestone fireplace blocks with adhseive
The fireplace is held together just by the bodyweight of the stones and some design adhesive. (3 Echoes Information Studio)

We don’t want any mortar to develop this hearth simply because the blocks are held in spot using Quikrete State-of-the-art Polymer Building Adhesive.

Wood mantel on a Pavestone Rumblestone outdoor fireplace
Pavestone agent Chris Claire found this wooden mantel at his mother’s residence. (3 Echoes Articles Studio)

The moment the hearth is constructed, we add a mantel working with a recycled piece of wood. It softens up the really hard edges of the stone and warms up the house.

Shade sail over paver patio and outdoor dining table
We install the shade sail hooks on the home somewhat larger than the kinds on the put up so we can match the slope of the home’s roof. (3 Echoes Written content Studio)

Set up Shade Sail

The paver patio for eating provides minimal shade, so we put in a shade sail to make the location a lot more cozy.

Initially, we dig holes for our two 6-by-6 posts that will guidance the shade sail. We set wooden posts in the floor making use of Quikrete Rapid-Location Concrete, then surround them with pavers to match the patio.

Brush staining cedar wood plank
This stain matches the current outdoors columns. (3 Echoes Information Studio)

To match the posts to the dwelling columns, we stain pieces of tough-sawn cedar and wrap them in excess of the wood columns. Ahead of we nail the wood over the posts, we incorporate some spacers to continue to keep the cedar planks from bowing. Wrapping these 6-by-6 posts not only would make them seem bigger, but it also hides the cracks that are inevitable with solid posts. 

Danny Lipford drills a wood beam for a shade sail
The leading horizontal beam unites the two posts. (3 Echoes Articles Studio)

To sign up for the two columns, we construct a horizontal box beam with for a longer time items of 1-by-8-inch cedar on the ground in advance of we elevate it into put.

Upcoming, we attach two hooks to the top of the posts for 50 % of our shade sail, then connect yet another two to the side of the household for the other two corners of the shade sail.

Then, we install those people hooks a little bit greater to give the shade sail a slope and match the angle of the roof. 

Enjoy: Putting in a Shade Sail 

Danny Lipford and Chelsea Lipford Wolf with Backyard Paradise winners Adam and Courtney Claugus and their dog Kendrick.
Danny Lipford and Chelsea Lipford Wolf with Backyard Paradise winners Adam and Courtney Claugus and their pet Kendrick. (3 Echoes Content material Studio)

Article-Production Feelings

Courtney and Adam experienced a great backyard, but they did not have substantially out of doors residing place to get pleasure from it. With just a modest protected concrete pad and a pair of chairs, their outside entertaining perfectly was pretty limited.

Backyard with small concrete patio
Adam and Courtney experienced a massive yard but minimal home for entertaining. (3 Echoes Written content Studio)

Now they have not a single but two terrific Pavestone patios that present loads of space for amusement. 1 is just the right size for outdoor dining below the protect of the shade sail we additional, and the other gives a huge area to relax with pals.

backyard with two paver patios and a shade sail
By including two paver patios, we have a lot more than doubled the outside entertaining area in this yard. (3 Echoes Material Studio)

The Rumblestone fireplace provides a focal position with masses of character and is certain to be really well known on individuals chilly nights. As well as, the big structure pavers complement the up to date home’s color and character.

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