Checkerboard Concrete Pavers and a Yard Update
Today I’m sharing an update on our yard renovation and our gorgeous checkerboard paver patio!
Today I’m sharing an update on our outdoor renovation!
Catch up on all the outdoor renovation posts in this series:
- Front and Back Yard Renovation
- European Style Water Fountains and a Yard Update
- Checkerboard Concrete Pavers and a Yard Update (this post)
- Front Yard Reveal
- How to Install a Gurgler Water Fountain
- Back Yard Renovation Reveal with Artificial Grass
This week the whole backyard renovation should have been done, but there have been many delays on things (isn’t that always the case?). The company that has been doing the work has been great to deal with but it just seems there has been a delay on everything we’ve picked.
So there hasn’t been much change to the front yard from my last update. The overgrown shrubs were removed and the driveway in the front of the house was starting to get widened on the one side.
New ‘old’ pavers are currently getting added here as I type.
Landscape fabric has been laid on the triangle part and plants are being delivered today!
I cannot wait to see this transformation! It’s been a long five years coming.
Back Yard Renovation
In the backyard, drainage rock was brought in and spread all around the yard where the artificial turf is going to be placed.
This little dumptruck or automatic wheelbarrow was the perfect thing to use for getting down our narrow path on the side of the house.
(Check the previous yard post for a photo of the excavator getting through that skinny path!)
Remember our painted striped concrete patio? It’s still here! Only a section was hammered out to save on costs of ripping out the entire slab.
Drainage rock was put everywhere else.
Old drainage pipes were also replaced in the backyard.
The artificial turf has just arrived this week so we’re hoping they can get it installed next week!
I’ve already had a lot of messages asking me what kind of pavers we used. They are just concrete pavers but we used two different colors (one is natural and one is charcoal). Then we just alternated them like a diamond or checkerboard pattern.
Because some of the patio is going over the existing concrete slab, paver supports were used. The ones that are used in the photo below (our landscapers purchased these, I don’t have a brand name), you can add as many squares as you need to level it to whatever height for each corner of the paver.
You can see in the bottom right corner that there’s about 4 stacked on top of each other (little black squares).
The circular paver supports was another one they used in areas that needed extra height. There are a number of different ones available when you start looking!
Shop Paver Supports
Here is a good photo of where the concrete pavers are laid right over the striped concrete slab!
Doesn’t it look amazing?!?!
We’re also going to be adding a covered pergola over this for more outdoor entertaining area. I cannot wait!
It’s taken a little while but it’s going to be so worth it. I mean, the before and after alone is going to be amazing!
What do you think of my backyard renovation so far? Are you doing any yard renovations this year?
Let me know in the comments below!
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These really look sharp. Can’t wait to see the finished project.
Thank you Teddee! I can’t wait for it to be finished too!
Love it! Where did you find these pavers? I’m trying to find them to put around my pool deck. Do you have a link or brand for them?
Thank you for the information in regard to the paver levelers! We are in the process of removing dirt and weeds from our yard to create a patio with pavers. Planning to add rock and sand then hand laying the pavers. The levelers could be a game changer. Thank you Jamie.
I know, they are definitely an amazing new product! Good luck with your project, Paula!
Thank you Gail!
What a grand plan with simple pavers! I love it. This is definitely an idea I’m keeping for the future.
Thanks so much, Diane!
So beautiful, Jamie! Looking forward to seeing the turf & pergola. I have yard envy 🙂
Thanks Patty! We’re loving it!
I see you said these were simple concrete pavers, but they are so hard to find! Can you post a link to the ones you bought?
You can find all my sources in my reveal post: https://somuchbetterwithage.com/back-yard-renovation-artificial-grass/
I’m in Canada and they were at every landscape place we visited. Good luck!
Also curious what pavers you used, it looks amazing!
You can find the sources in my new reveal post: https://somuchbetterwithage.com/back-yard-renovation-artificial-grass/
I’m in Canada and saw them at every landscape store we visited. Good luck!
It looks amazing! Could you tell me the size of the pavers?
Are these 16×16 or 24×24?