When we come into a yard for the first time I start by mentally inventorying what is there that is worth keeping, whether it is plants or hardscape materials. In the project we just started there was quite a bit of flagstone laying on the ground but not really installed properly and a brick patio that was very lumpy along with a large brick planter that the homeowners didn’t like.
It took a couple of guys all week to reclaim these materials.
Breaking the bricks out is tedious work. It will be worth the effort once we work them into our new patio design.
We will match the flagstone with additional stone and set it on a crushed concrete base and mortar it in. The bricks will be used for the edging. The contrast of the red bricks with the blue-gray flagstone will be striking.
Once all the materials were cleaned and stacked they began to excavate the dirt. Getting the patio level and with a slight grade towards where we want it to drain is very important. We had to take out quite a bit of dirt so we had room for the crushed concrete base. We will be working on that this week.
Happy Memorial Day!