Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Spa and Bar-B-Q area re-do

I've not posted much lately but that doesn't mean that I haven't been busy~take a look at what we've been up to.

Our backyard spa and bar-b-q area is still underway. If you would like to see more BEFORE pictures they are HERE and HERE. This project has turned into a major re-do to say the least. What started off as just getting a new hot tub/spa has turned into us changing up a lot of the yard space.
I mentioned to my husband the other day while outside working, remember we got the hot tub so we could relax. When oh when is the relaxing going to take place. It's been nothing but work so far.
Retaining wall completed

After finishing the retaining wall and putting dirt around and behind it we received a down pour a couple of days later that we weren't expecting, which washed ALL the dirt around the wall and into our pavilion, covering every square inch of the concrete. Our mistake was not packing the fresh dirt hard enough, plus there's not any grass on the incline yet. When I seen the mess that the rain created, it was very disheartening but it didn't dampen our spirits too long, we knew it had to be fixed. So after thinking a bit we decided that since the water didn't have anywhere else to go, we (meaning my husband and sons) had to dig another trench to lay more pipe and two additional drains. I was busy getting all the dirt scraped, shoveled and swept out from the pavilion.
Instead of filling dirt back in around the pipe we decided to put in French Drains, small rocks for drainage under the pipe and then on top of that I put River Rock to give a nice accent. The 3" pipes have holes drilled into the top side so that the water with drain right into the pipes from the top side along with the drainage vents. That's so if we have a huge down pour again (which we will) the water will drain quickly before giving the area time to fill up and over-flow onto the pavilion area. I really like how it has turned out.
French Drain with river rock

The next step was to get grass onto the hill area.
My daughter and I ended up laying 2 pallets of Saint Augustine grass instead of sowing seeds. Now we don't have to worry about wash-out if it rains anytime soon.

Lights installed into retaining wall
Area beside the Bar-B-Q area covered in new grass
The Bar-B-Q area brick are not finished as of yet, we've had more pressing things to do with the retaining wall, the drainage area around it and laying new Saint Augustine grass. We will get back to laying brick for that area most likely after Memorial Day weekend.

I've still been busy on other projects though the back yard has taken up a lot of time. All I have to do is finish them up, take pictures and do the write up. Can hardly wait to show them to you!

This has been a major project with lots of trail and error however in the end I love this new space and how well the brick look, and don't you really like the new grass? I look forward to the grass taking hold, we will have to water it like crazy for the first two weeks.

I'll post more photos of the Bar-B-Que area when it is finished.

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  1. Jana,

    Your retaining wall looks great. That will be fabulous addition to your backyard space. And the built in lights are a nice touch! Do you all do the brick yourselves? We had a the "privilege" of learning brick laying last spring when our front entry steps deteriorated beyond repair.

    I followed you over from the DIY by Design linky party. I would love if you stopped by my blog.

    Thanks for sharing,

    1. Hi Laura,
      I took a look at your stairs that you and your hubby did. They look great! Yes, this brick job that we are doing has given new meaning to learning something new.
      Thanks, I do love the lights, they were "another" after thought but I think they turned out nice.

  2. I was just thinking about you! wow! I'm so impressed with this makeover and can envision it when it's all done. Y'all are going to love it! I'm looking forward to seeing your other projects too.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

    1. Thanks Sharon~I am looking forward to being done with this project. It has been lots of work but thrilling to look at and we will enjoy in the end.

  3. Hi Jana, Thanks for sharing this project at the OHP. The retaining wall looks great and I am sure the completed project will be wonderful.

    1. Thanks Sherry,
      I'm so glad that you came by to take a look and thanks for hosting again. I love joining your parties.

  4. Hi Jana, your wall is wonderful, what a great job! That is the way it goes, you get an idea to do something around your home and it can go from small project to all out major re-do. I can not wait to see your finished backyard. It's going to be amazing!!!
    Connie :)

  5. How amazing is this! I love it! Your backyard looks ready to party! I think I am going to go with sod on my back patio instead of seed! I think it will work better!

    Thanks for linking up!

    Happy Great Outdoors Day!

  6. Jana!! That retaining wall is so clean looking and I bet just makes the space so well defined. I love the look of the small stones for drainage too. You are right, you have been hard at work. Thank you so much for linking up to our party!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

    1. Thanks Karen
      I bought the stone several years ago with no plan at all for them. Glad that I finally found a purpose to use them.

  7. This is turning out famously! Thank goodness you have sons to use for labor! That looks like a LOT of work. Going to be worth every sore muscle though!

    1. Karen
      Thanks so much. Yes, it helps tremendously to have some help from my kiddos.

  8. Wow, you have been working hard! Hopefully you'll be able to fire up that spa tub soon ...

    And I love the river rock French drain system. Really finishes it off nicely ...

    ... so happy you shared with us at our Great Outdoors link party!



  9. Looks great. loved the before pix too!i feel similarly about these big projects - when do we get to RELAX?!? :)

    We are running a Before and After Link party to support Habitat for Humanity, with a chance to be featured on other big blogs and win gift cards. Would love if you entered!


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