A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Posts Tagged ‘flagstone’

Having Gator Dust Problems?

In addition to lots of hits on the differences between Benjamin Moore’s Aura and Natura paint lines, I also get a lot of hits from people searching “gator dust problems”. No one seems to use more specific search terms, so I’m not sure if they’re having Gator Dust problems or are anticipating/trying to avoid problems.…

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My Husband, the Rock Star

This is one of the many reasons why I love my husband: Many times, all it takes is for me to say, “What if we…[insert idea that usually involves manual labor for him here]?”, and he usually goes with it. This time it was creating a space for the bird feeder. We haven’t had our…

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Look What We Did: Patio and Yard

As part of the Houseblogs.net “Look What I Did” Sweepstakes, it’s a perfect time to show the Before-and-After of our flagstone patio and the progress we’ve made on our yard to date. (I’m also happy for the chance to win some cold hard cash/plastic from our sponsor, True Value!) When we moved into our bungalow,…

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Memorable Memorial Day Weekend

While we still spent a good portion of the weekend working in the yard, we also spent a lot of time relaxing on our patio. The finishing touches are complete — check it out! Here’s the view walking from the front of the house along the sidewalk to our side yard (the house is directly…

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Drinks on the Patio, SOON!

I can hardly believe it, but for all intents and purposes, we are finished with our patio with plenty of time to spare before our Memorial Day deadline! Over the weekend we still had plenty left to do. The first day was spent leveling every single stone. First we tried to mark the pitch with…

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Dry Fit

We have all of the major pieces of flagstone in place, and we just barely had enough stone. We still have a number of smaller pieces (shown strewn about on top of the big pieces) which we’ll have to chisel down to fit into the smaller holes, but for the most part I think we…

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Patio Puzzle

As our patio project progresses, we’ve reached the part where we’re exercising both our bodies and our minds. Not only are these flagstones heavy as sin, we also have to spend considerable time figuring out how they will best fit together. Sometimes that means moving a piece in to find that it just won’t work,…

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Can You Dig It?

Yesterday we ordered 5 cubic yards of Grade 8 Limestone for the paths and patio foundation. According to calculations it will fill the patio and about half of the paths. The delivery truck can only handle 5 yards at a time because of the weight of the stone, but we planned to order a portion…

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Unearthed

We spent the day Monday preparing the yard for our future patio and garden. We’re beat. We rented a sod cutter from Home Depot, which was invaluable for this project. We also enlisted help from my stepbrother, who had used one of these before. It was easy to figure out and use anyway, but the…

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