Leveling the backyard was ridiculous... and infuriating. The deck had been built over a broken up concrete patio. And a tree. There were so many roots in the ground. And the concrete had been poured OVER the roots which made things even more difficult. Evan (Brandon's brother) came down from New Jersey to help us. And thank God he did! There was an absurd amount of work getting the ground level. We finally got the ground as level as it was going to be and started to lay down the edging. Evan suggested we build out the edging with 2x4s which ended up saving us a considerable amount of money. Once the edging was down, we put down the patio fabric which supposedly prevents grass and weeds from growing up through the patio. We laid down the sand and we began to lay down the patio stones. Once we started laying down the stones and getting into a rhythm the stones were down in no time.
I am absolutely thrilled with how the patio came out. It is perfect!
We got these chairs for the deck, but I love how they look on the patio. Now we just need to find the perfect patio set and we'll be set for the summer :)