July 12, 2011

Bringing it Back

The heat index yesterday was around 117 so we thought it would be a good time for an outdoor project.  Really, the weather was exceptionally nice a few weeks ago and that’s when the idea popped into our heads but we’ve already dug up half our yard so it’s onward and upward from here.  :)

Since we have lots and lots left to do on our house (basement, 2nd floor, backyard, paint the exterior, landscape, and so on) we needed a smaller project to help get us motivated for all that’s remaining.  Conveniently enough it happens to be summer and we thought this would be a nice project where Ada can be outside “helping out,” which she loves.  :)

Nathan’s been doing all of the manual labor while I watch Ada, and since he had a brief stint working with a stone mason for a year, he actually has more of the necessary skills for this project anyway, so I only feel half-as-guilty.

For the materials we are using blue stone for the patio, crushed gravel for the sidewalk, and limestone for the curbs.  Everything has been dug out, the french drain is in, and the gravel base is (mostly) in!  It feels good to be working on the house again—I have such an addiction for this kind of work!

The only somewhat “off” thing about this project is that it’s a patio for the front of our house.  I find very few houses with a patio in front but for some reason it feels right with this house.  The front patio was never in style but we’re bringing it back anyway!


Archived in House, Outside, Rehabbing


  1. Süsk says

    I always wondered why front gardens/patios weren’t more used and popular- that’s where all the people-watching/waving-to-neighbours action happens!

    • Kathy says

      I know, right?! That’s where we spend the majority of our time with our little girl! :)

  2. Front porches are very popular in Toronto – a great place to watch the activities of the neighbourhood! Wish my husband was as handy as yours. Love the materials you have chosen.

    • Kathy says

      Thanks Emma! I’m really lucky to have such a handy husband, you are so right! I think about that every project we do! :)

  3. I love the organic feel of the materials! I would definitely bring back a front patio if we had one.

  4. Christine says

    I loved hearing about this one. Make sure to show photos of the finished project!

  5. Hi there! I have just discovered your blog :) I will stay a while…

    • Kathy says

      Thanks! I’ve been a long-time fan of design traveller and am happy to see you’re blogging again… I thought you had stopped back in February. :)

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