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Since I enjoy seeing other people’s before/after, I wanted to share my newly renovated patio and personal beirgarten. I started with a compacted dirt and rock yard in which nothing would grow, and which had an unfortunate grading that resulted in pools of water against the back of my house and ended up with my own oasis in the city.
I did the roll-up gate from Pooner and Sons. They deserve every great recommendation they get, and were great to work with. For the yard itself, which had significant grading issues, I wanted to pay to have it done right. I was definitely not up for digging up and removing 6-10″ of soil from most of the yard. I worked with Greg Farrah at Capitol Hardscapes (http://www.capitolhardscapes.com) and it cost around $14k for the excavation, paver patio, parking pad, and sitting walls. It was not cheap, but I always have a dry basement and a wonderful place to hang. They have a great company with a very knowledgeable team of people to make sure it was done right. Finally, I assembled my own picnic tables and did my own plantings so I can say I had some hand in the backyard.”
Birds eye view before and after shots after the jump.