Broken Concrete Patio

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Thank God Adam loved me because once I get started on a project or idea, I don't stop. Ever. :)

Our garden was looking amazing but the rest of the yard, not so much. :(   The summer heat had killed the wild grass patch and it just looked sad.  Plus, we had our just found our Craigslist patio furniture so we definitely needed a patio!

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Before.jpg

I was convinced we could find broken concrete on Craigslist, have it delivered for free and build our own patio.  Enter .... Craigslist posting of a parking lot demolish, offering to deliver concrete for free.

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Parking Garage.JPG

I somehow convinced Adam this would work.

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Delivery.JPG

You can see our patio chairs drying in the far right of this photo.

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Delivered.jpg

Delivered!   We measured the area we wanted to transform, placed a stake in each corner and strung string between each.  Let the digging begin!

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Digging.jpg

I was pumped & dug my heart out.

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Getting Dirty.jpg

We laid a base of dirt & gravel and manually adjusted the top height as we went to keep the broken concrete slaps uniform.  It was grueling work.

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Tired.JPG

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Pose East.jpg

Our friend Dmitry was a champ!  I think this would have taken us three days without him as it turned out most of the slabs were too heavy for me to lift. 

All laid out.

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All Laid Out.jpg

Arial view at the end of day one. This took all day, 16 hours or so.

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Patio.JPG

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Dirt Filled.jpg

The following morning we watered and walked on the slabs, manually adjusting those that were teetering a bit or leveling out certain areas. Once we were satisfied with our work and a slight slope away from the house, we filled it with dirt.

Two days, free dollars.

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Filled Two.jpg

That's how you DIY for free. <3