Wood & Outdoor Living forum: Stone Patios

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Imagehaighr
Mar 24, 2010 7:57 PM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
Been there, Done that!
Not exactly a huge patio but I did build this stone deck around our firepit at our cabin from stone that we got from the creek. I hand picked every one from the creek and carried them best I could often just by myself (cause I am stubborn and don't want Steve to hurt himself) and then carefully laid them into a patio around our firepit. Those who visited for the RU a few years ago remember sitting there laughing, telling stories and of course the most important thing, cooking dinner!

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ImageHollyAnnS
Mar 28, 2010 10:23 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Love the stone patio has a very rustic look that is just perfect. Beautiful lake in the background. Does your friend swim there often? Hilarious!
I don't have a stone patio but I do have stone walls and walkway. We collected the stone from several places in our area. Some of the stone in the walkways came from the area around my Dad's hunting camp.
Here is the walkway when is was just newly laid. It runs from the front walk around to the driveway. There had been a stepping stone path there before and you can see how we extended the old flower bed out into a curved bed.
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Mar 28, 2010 10:26 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Forgot the pic

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Mar 28, 2010 10:29 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Here it is a year later and you can see how nicely it is filling in.

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Imagehaighr
Mar 28, 2010 2:06 PM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
Been there, Done that!
That looks real nice Holly - Your azaleas are hugeous and what is that little shed? - What do you do to keep the walk from settling too much?
We have to be careful to not have it settle too much as I have had to pull up all the rocks from time to time. Finally we decided to put all our stone garden edges on concrete footers so they don't sink,. This is our parrot garden and after years of pulling the rock up to ground level we finally put down a concrete footer.

Now as for the pond, it is big and we do fish in there but not swim there is a lot of spatter dock and snapping turtles (for soup lol) so we just swim at the creek - I'll post those on another thread. This is the parrot garden that has a concrete footer at our home. The cabin is up in the mountains and will make another great thread!

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ImageHollyAnnS
Mar 28, 2010 6:40 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
You have such lovely spots in your garden.
No we haven't had much trouble with settling. We have a pretty hard packed clay in our area and we only dug in far enough to set the stone level using sand. That is my Potting Shed at the end of the path. Ric built if for me as a surprise while I was away overnight. I hadn't even asked for a Potting Shed he just thought I needed one. It is made from all recycled material mostly left overs from when we built the barn years ago.

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Mar 28, 2010 7:02 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Sometime in the future we will put in a small sitting area behind the Potting Shed. I have been working on a small area there and might extend the path into a stone patio and a walk around path to the other side of the Quince bush. It is a low priority project so I don't know when we get to it. I have been working on removing the large forsythia and it will be replaced with a Prairie Fire Crabapple. The sitting area will be in the area behind that. Between the Holly and the Potting Shed.

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Imagehaighr
Mar 29, 2010 12:01 PM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
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I love the potting shed, what a wonderful surprise! Sounds like you have plenty of room to grow there, will the patio be stone as well?
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Mar 30, 2010 5:45 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Probably it will be stone. I was thinking of just a small free form area with a bench. I wanted a stone walkway to branch off the main walk up behind the potting bench and then widen out.
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Imagehaighr
Apr 2, 2010 4:46 PM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
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LOL, you remind me of how I just wanted a 4' walk around the hottub and it turned into a step up angled huge deck. Bet you wind up the same way. That sounds real nice and the widened area would be the sitting area I take it?
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ImageHollyAnnS
Apr 2, 2010 6:15 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Yes just a spot with a bench. Not really sure if it would get a lot of use we tend to sit on the front steps. But I was looking to make a change in this area and the idea of a focal point of some type moved into the direction of a small seating area. I just love how these discussions tend to expand ones ideas. Even if the original idea isn't what you are looking for it starts your mind going in different directions that you had never thought of before.
Funny how these things have a life of their own. I started out needing a spot to overwinter extra plants and decided to dig up a small area behind the potting shed. I liked the results so much that I let the plants there as a permanent bed and expanded that. I looking at the area and decided to remove the forsythia and replace it with a tree. That lead to the question what else would you like in that area.
The space on the other side of the Potting Shed is a driveway and utility area. It is going to be bricked and a large arbor is going over it. That area has been in the planing stages for quite some time now and would have been done last summer if Ric hadn't hurt his hand so badly. The two areas will be separate but close and connected by the stone walkway.
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