Backyard Paradise: Open Floor Plan for the Great Outdoors


This 7 days, we’re in Charlotte, North Carolina, to build a beautiful outdoor spot for our Backyard Paradise contest winners.

Courtney Claugus was selected as the lucky winner of our Yard Paradise contest, so we’re giving her and her partner Adam’s backyard a makeover with support from our pals at Quikrete and Pavestone.

Browse on to find out about some of the jobs we tackled. 

Pavestone Avant XL paver patios in greystone
These substantial, gray linear pavers complement the Claugus’ contemporary home. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Make Two Paver Patios

Two is far better than just one! And in this, case, two paver patios provide far more room for out of doors living! 

We designate one patio for seating and a further for eating — like an open flooring program for the excellent outdoors.  

Crews from Quikrete, Pavestone and a community construction organization build the twin patio set up. The initial patio extends from the present concrete patio, and the 2nd is on the other aspect of the residence. 

Worker uses compacter to compact paver base for a patio
Paver base offers a sound foundation and also raises the pavers to be even with the concrete patio. (3 Echoes Content material Studio)

They initially lay out the footprint for the patios, then increase four inches of paver foundation to establish the basis.

Level running over paver sand
Leveling the paver sand assures an even patio area. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Immediately after compacting the paver foundation, they include a person inch of paver sand, then use a amount to make the surface even.

Worker laying Pavestone Avant XL pavers
Personnel use a string to make sure the traces remain even all over the length of the patio. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

The patios are developed with Pavestone’s Avant XL pavers. These significant, 16-by-16-inch patio stones have the glimpse of massive structure plank pavers. The false joints on the grey pavers generate clean strains, so they go very well with Adam and Courtney’s up to date-design house. To insert some line assortment, the crew rotated each and every paver to develop crisscrossed lines.

Paver patio border edging
Lesser pavers generate a border all around the substantial pavers. (3 Echoes Written content Studio)

At the time the big pavers are laid, the crew marks a line the place the border will commence and slice it with a concrete noticed. Then, they lay the smaller sized border pavers in a soldier program pattern. 

Brush pushing sand over paver patio
Just like grout coloration matters when laying tile, paver sand colour makes a big difference on a patio. (3 Echoes Articles Studio)

The past phase is filling the joints. We use a granite screening to enhance the pavers as well as the house’s colour. for good. 

Stepping patio stones next to a concrete slab and flower border
These matching pavers produce stepping stones to unite the two patios. (3 Echoes Content material Studio)

Soon after the patios are comprehensive, we put a few pavers involving them to generate stepping stones, so the two are united.

Pavestone Rumblestone outdoor fireplace
The outside hearth becomes the fantastic focal point for this seating space. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Establish Outdoor Hearth

Every single seating location desires a focal position, so we develop an outdoor fire.

We use Pavestone’s Rumblestone Out of doors Hearth Kit in Greystone. Prior to we assemble the fire, we lay eight inches of paver foundation, compacting it in levels, so we have a strong basis.  

Setting up this fireplace is basic since the package features a set of coloration-coded drawings that depth which blocks go where by on every single phase.

Rumblestone fireplace blocks with adhseive
The fireplace is held together just by the bodyweight of the stones and some development adhesive. (3 Echoes Information Studio)

We never want any mortar to make this fire simply because the blocks are held in put employing Quikrete Advanced Polymer Building Adhesive.

Wood mantel on a Pavestone Rumblestone outdoor fireplace
Pavestone representative Chris Claire discovered this wooden mantel at his mother’s household. (3 Echoes Material Studio)

After the fireplace is built, we include a mantel working with a recycled piece of wooden. It softens up the tough edges of the stone and warms up the space.

Shade sail over paver patio and outdoor dining table
We set up the shade sail hooks on the house marginally bigger than the ones on the put up so we can match the slope of the home’s roof. (3 Echoes Information Studio)

Install Shade Sail

The paver patio for eating features tiny shade, so we set up a shade sail to make the spot additional snug.

Initial, we dig holes for our two 6-by-6 posts that will guidance the shade sail. We set wooden posts in the ground employing Quikrete Quick-Location Concrete, then encompass them with pavers to match the patio.

Brush staining cedar wood plank
This stain matches the existing outdoors columns. (3 Echoes Articles Studio)

To match the posts to the dwelling columns, we stain pieces of tough-sawn cedar and wrap them in excess of the wooden columns. Prior to we nail the wooden about the posts, we insert some spacers to retain the cedar planks from bowing. Wrapping these 6-by-6 posts not only will make them search more substantial, but it also hides the cracks that are inescapable with solid posts. 

Danny Lipford drills a wood beam for a shade sail
The top horizontal beam unites the two posts. (3 Echoes Articles Studio)

To sign up for the two columns, we construct a horizontal box beam with lengthier pieces of 1-by-8-inch cedar on the ground just before we elevate it into location.

Subsequent, we attach two hooks to the top of the posts for 50 percent of our shade sail, then connect an additional two to the aspect of the household for the other two corners of the shade sail.

Then, we put in those hooks a bit better to give the shade sail a slope and match the angle of the roof. 

Observe: Setting up a Shade Sail 

Danny Lipford and Chelsea Lipford Wolf with Backyard Paradise winners Adam and Courtney Claugus and their dog Kendrick.
Danny Lipford and Chelsea Lipford Wolf with Backyard Paradise winners Adam and Courtney Claugus and their doggy Kendrick. (3 Echoes Material Studio)

Write-up-Production Ideas

Courtney and Adam had a wonderful backyard, but they didn’t have considerably outside dwelling area to delight in it. With just a small lined concrete pad and a few of chairs, their outside entertaining properly was quite confined.

Backyard with small concrete patio
Adam and Courtney had a huge backyard but minimal space for entertaining. (3 Echoes Information Studio)

Now they have not a single but two excellent Pavestone patios that supply loads of space for enjoyment. 1 is just the correct sizing for outside dining beneath the protect of the shade sail we additional, and the other presents a enormous house to loosen up with mates.

backyard with two paver patios and a shade sail
By including two paver patios, we have much more than doubled the outside entertaining house in this backyard. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

The Rumblestone hearth adds a focal level with loads of character and is sure to be pretty well-liked on individuals chilly evenings. Moreover, the significant structure pavers complement the modern day home’s color and character.

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