Ginger Snap Crafts: take a look {rock patio}

take a look {rock patio}

Recently we added a {rock patio} to our back yard.
I say we but my handy hubby, Clay, did most of the work. ;)
{I added my opinion here & there.}
Hey...that's important. :)

Here's how "we" did it! 

We have a deck on the back of our house
& we had this little area of yard underneath
the living room windows that just needed something. 
We thought about extending the deck out,
but instead we decided to put in a rock patio.
{Best of all we got these rocks for free
from some property we own!}
We have lots of rocks where we live.

Step One: Clay {my cute hubby} clearing out some of the grass. It was hard work!
 Step 2: Clay tilling it make the grass a little easier to remove. :)

Step 3: All the grass is gone...Clay leveled it a little bit.
Step 4: A layer of plastic is laid down to prevent weeds later on.
Step 5: The first rock is "we" have many more to go. :)
Step 6:  Clay spent hours arranging and rearranging the rocks
to get them to all fit together just right.

Step 7: The next step was to put a special sand in between the rocks.
{I say special because it was expensive!}
The kids have been warned NOT to dig in the sand! :)

Step 8: Clay then made a new set of steps leading down to the new patio.
{I told you he was handy!}
 The new steps are all done!

Step 9:  We added new sod along the edge of the new patio.

Step 10: Enjoy! 
{We're loving our new outdoor space.}

Cookout, anyone? :)

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  1. WOW! This is gorgeous!!
    My hubby can't do that! LOL
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  2. wow he did pretty great considering he missed some steps. He should have put all the sand down, then he needs to temp it, and then LEVEL everything, then place down the stonework, then the sand inbetween the stone work, temp it again, sand it tempt it again till there are no gaps.

    Looks awesome though!!! I wish I had a yard I could do that kinda stuff to!

  3. I'm sure there's more than one way to make a rock patio. ;) I'm just sharing how we did it...and it's worked out great for us.

  4. Omgosh that's so cool! Gives me lots if ideas! Thanks for sharing how you did it :)

  5. Wow! What a great project-and great husband! Do you lend him out???

    New follower from the Wednesday hop\\

  6. That looks great. I know it was a lot of work but the outcome is fantastic.

  7. It looks fantastic and I know there is a lot of work that goes into that. My husband is a potter so I get clay dishes and bowls instead of patios but I guess we can't have every thing. :)
    I enjoyed reading your post and I'm hopping today on Whimsical Wednesday. I have visited before so follow you on GFC

  8. Looks great! Following you from the whimsical wednesday blog hop, look forward to your future posts! You can find me at

  9. Nice Work!

    I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I have passed along the Stylish Blog Award to your blog! You can check out my post (that features your blog) at

    Have a great day!!!

  10. Aah! Thanks! I'll definitely check it out. :)

  11. Oh that looks like quite the project! I love how it turned out..we are currently working on landscaping too...

    I do believe you are the same Ginger Snaps I order from on Whoops

    I love your packaging and extras and your Etsy shop...I hope to get some time soon and write up a blog again about my 'purchases'..

    Thanks again...NEW follower here...can't wait to look around

  12. I'd like to know how you get your husband to do all these great projects? I have a list I want done but have not convinced Raymond to do them yet. :)

  13. Found you on the CSI link-up. Great job! Isn't it nice to have a handy hubby? :)

  14. your husband is awesome. he did such a great job on your patio. i would love to have something similar in our backyard. Great teamwork! because yes, opinions are important! ;)

  15. Wow! it looks GREAT!! lots of hard work, but totally paid off! I'm stopping by as the guest judge for the CSI project :)
    happy crafting!

  16. We are thinking of doing the same thing so this was a great post for me! It looks amazing!!!

  17. LOL, I was just over checking out the outdoor spaces linky and drooling over this because I really want to do this in our back yard just off the deck. And then I hopped back over to see how my linky was going and there it was! I feel so special!! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week!


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