We’re converting a Knoxville homeowner’s simple backyard into a Backyard Paradise.
Each year, we host a contest with our friends from Pavestone called “Backyard Paradise,” and this year’s winner is from Knoxville, Tennessee.
Sarah Gulley, her husband Jason, and their children all love being outside, so the contest prize of a backyard makeover is ideal for this family.
Here’s how we’re transforming this space.
Remove Existing Deck
Sarah and Jason have a nice deck behind their spacious brick home, but it really doesn’t match the home’s architecture, so we’re going to replace it with a paver patio.
First, we clear the deck of furniture; then we lay plywood to protect the grass; and next, we demo the deck.
Install Paver Patio
We’re installing a paver patio that will provide a durable, elegant gathering space for Sarah and Jason’s family, and their guests. This patio will complement the home’s architecture, unlike the old deck.
We start by spreading paver base, and then we grade the surface. A plate compactor moves a heavy base plate up and down very quickly to compress the surface beneath it, and soon, the foundation for this patio is in place.
We’ve covered this patio with a 1-inch layer of sand, so next, we place the pavers.
Installing a fire pit will make this patio cozy and offer the perfect place to roast marshmallows on cool nights.
Much of the fire pit is made from pavers that match the patio, for a seamless look.
Watch “How to Build a Backyard Fire Pit with Pavers” for step-by-step instructions.
Build Sitting Wall
A sitting wall enhances and adds function to the patio. It provides extra seating, and because it’s also made from pavers, this retaining wall adds visual interest and dimension to the paver patio and fire pit.
Watch “How to Build a Patio Sitting Wall” for step-by-step instructions.
Install Phantom Screens
Sarah and Jason had a makeshift screen to pass through their back entrance to the patio. But it was a temporary solution, and it looked that way, too.
We’re replacing it with Phantom Screens, retractable doors that protect you from mosquitoes when you need them and disappear into the wall when you don’t.
We also added some landscaping to help create this backyard paradise.
Sarah and Jason have a beautiful backyard, but the deck that was here before kept them separated from it.
It felt cramped with more than two or three people, and it really didn’t fit the home architecture.
Now that the deck is gone, we’ve created a beautiful paver patio that flows right out into their big backyard.
The pavers are a much better fit for the style of the house and, even though the patio is about the same size as the deck, it feels much larger.
Two small columns welcome you onto the patio as you enter the backyard; then the curved seating wall and fire pit practically shout an invitation to sit and relax.
The grill enclosure that Ted put together in the corner is both functional and attractive, so backyard meal prep can be as much fun as the party it’s serving.
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How to Build a Patio Sitting Wall
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