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New patio/ play court

Once again I am weeks behind on blogging, but I like to update it anyhow so my yearbooks have the main stuff in it.

A few weeks ago we put in a concrete slab in the backyard to use as a patio/sport court/play area. The kids love it, they draw hopscotch boards, ride scooters, etc on it. It was a part of the yard that had gravel from an old playscape and was just crazy overgrown and ugly so this made it into a really useful area instead of just an eyesore area of the yard. I still have landscaping to do around it, but we'll get there. We also put a small slab off the side of it to put a little shed on that is nestled in the bushes so it's not visible from the main yard. It'll give us good yard working tool storage.

There was no way to get a concrete truck anywhere near the area so a pump pumped it through a big hose from the truck on the street.

The kids had lots of fun watching. Loren was confused, she wondered why they were dumping all that mud in there.

The kids put their handprints in the back corner of the slab :)

All done!

Later on Mike and I put up a little shed off the side of the main slab.

Flickr set of more pics here



( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 29th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
Who did you hire to do the patio? Would you mind telling me how much they charged? We've been thinking about putting in a 600sqft patio, but I have no idea what that might even cost, and I'd rather have some kind of idea before I start calling around.
May. 31st, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
I used the guy who had done my parents concrete driveway and is a guy who is local in their town of Volente.

R. Nelson Concrete & Construction
Robert Nelson
Volente Texas
Mobile Phone: 512-415-7077

It was pretty expensive, we needed gravel fill for leveling, the concrete pump since it was a non accessible location, and a whole truck full of concrete. Ours was a 20x30 and an 8x10 slab. The bill was about $4300. I had gotten quotes for significantly more and just one that was less from a rag tag crew who had no idea what they were doing and would have made a crappy slab that would have cracked and fallen apart. A slab is hard to undo so I didnt want a bad job on one.

Edited at 2009-05-31 02:38 pm (UTC)
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