For 17 years, I dreamed of sipping coffee on a patio after my morning walk. Pretty soon I’ll be doing just that. Why put off building a patio for such a long time? Kids, college, and other priorities such as buying plants and painting the house came first. But now’s the time to take action. Dean Ludington, my favorite stonemason, is doing the job with his capable crew of two. They started last Saturday and should finish next weekend. In honor of making my own dream come true, I’ll follow my patio’s progress in this blog.
Step one was coming up with a workable, affordable design. Challenges include the subtly sloping grade, an adjacent border expansion deep enough to accommodate the installation of a generator, plus planting beds to soften the bluestone’s hard edge. I changed my mind at the last minute and moved the patio closer to the back door just in time for step two, lifting the sod. Is that coffee I smell brewing?