At his home in Marlborough, MA an old concrete patio had shifted and cracked and was pitching water towards the house. Knowing something had to be done, the homeowners decided this was a great opportunity to liven up their outdoor space with a new and improved patio.
We remove the concrete with a machine and then proceed to dig out the base for the patio. The granite step is saved to be used for the new patio, and plenty of stones come out of the ground that we save for the upcoming fieldstone wall.
For the steps we purchase some additional granite. We picked out antique granite steps to match the existing one and also some additional fieldstone for the walls. Next we set the steps in place, fill the patio base, and set our base stones for the raised bluestone patio.
Next we build the wall that will run one side of the patio. We use stones that came out of the ground and some supplemental fieldstone from the stoneyard. The client is looking for a quaint, farm house wall with rounded stones.
After the wall and steps are set – we fill in the rest with irregular bluestone. Irregular bluestone makes a nice patio. There are many different ways to fit and cut the stones. We try to fit the stones fairly tight without letting it look like we made the cuts. This gives it a consistent but natural/authentic look.
The following season a new patio door goes in, and some plantings and patio furniture bring it all together.