By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

He Started Out With A Disgusting Patio, But What He Ended Up With Is Amazing.

Not all DIY projects are created equal. Some of them are decorative, easy craft projects that can be done in the course of an afternoon. Some are beauty-related directives on mixing potions and tinctures for great skin, hair, and nails. And some DIY projects are basically just small construction: They take time, patience, skill, and energy -- but the results can dramatically improve your home.

The following project is definitely the latter. It's an attempt to re-pave the back patio using nothing but some time-honored techniques and a good pair of hands. It's not easy, but his instructions talk you the entire way through it, and once it's done, it's a super nice addition to the house. If you think you can't pull of something this big, check out the project below and remember: It might be elaborate and difficult, but you'll never know if you can do it unless you try.

This is what the project looked like when it was complete.

But how, exactly, did they go about doing it?

Here's what it looked like before.

This setup is what the townhouse developer installed 10 years ago. The tiles are pretty basic, and it's not that nice.

Here's what they decided to do, in their own words.

"There is 1 foot all the way around the patio of useless space. We wanted to use it as we spent a lot of time outside in our tiny space."

Then, it was time for the "demolition" to begin.

"All of the old slabs are pulled up. A buddy and I dug down about 8" from the original height. We used a normal flat. There wasn't a lot of room to work with here so each shovel of dirt had to be removed one bucket at a time through a garage doorway."

This dirt pile doesn't look promising, but it is.

"A local company delivers yards of 3/4 crushed stone. They were were able to get the bag of stone just in the doorway with the fork lift. The door closed with 1/8" of clearance. I ordered 1 yard because I thought I could use the stone I excavated. Little did I know the stuff under the old patio was complete crap. It was 5 different types of fill, including bricks, pipe, PAX and whatever else they used to build the townhouse. I had no where to put the soil except in my garage, this stressed me out big time!"

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