Backyard patio w/water feature

Project by cmiller posted 09-03-2011 06:52 PM 6209 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this project was also in conjunction with the deck that I built. It was actually done first and with how it turned out it was so nice the deck just needed to come up to speed.
Built with 2 inch flag stone and what the guys at the rock yard called either Colorado mountain rock or purple ripple rock. (All the brick walls and planters were existing.) The entire retaining wall has a 12” x 18” footing and in the corner behind the steps there is an additional wall to assist in holding back the hill. At the end by the deck is a concrete footing/retaining wall, monolithic pour, to provide the support for the patio and make sure that I dont have any shifting. The stone is a dry stack and is held in place with re-bar and wire lathe that is sunk into the concrete then mortar behind them put in by hand. The dry stack allows the water to seep through the wall to avoid hydrostatic pressure and landscaping cloth keeps the dirt on the right side.
The pond and creek is a pretty simple design. Held in place by concrete walls at the lower waterfall and the bottom of the pond. I created a mortar tub, almost looked like a bathtub, for the lower pond just to make sure that i didnt have a risk of ever loosing any sand below if it was ever to develop a leak. It is all lined with a pond liner and I have not had any problems so far.
Other things I did as part of this project were installing the low voltage lighting. I ran underground DC wire from my garage. Also put in a sprinkler and flowerbed drip system and laid sod in the yard.
One thing I will say about this project is that it kicked my butt laying all that stone, it was totally exhausting. But it was 100% worth every bit of it getting to sit outside and enjoy it as well as seeing the amazement my friends have when they come over and find out that I did it all and didnt contract it out. Included a before and in progress photo in here to give you an idea where it came from.


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posted 09-04-2011 04:03 AM

Gorgeous, I love how that turned out, especially the how it looks at night.

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posted 09-06-2011 01:54 AM

Yes it is gorgeous!

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posted 09-18-2011 05:36 PM

wow, that really has transformed your backyard! It looks amazing, you have a great eye to be able to lay it out so well.

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posted 02-05-2013 03:16 PM

It looks like a magical place during the night :) Great job!

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posted 03-15-2017 02:37 PM

Wow, amazing to see such a great creativity from you. I also designed the same project, but using the Arduino Mega 2560 although it didn’t work really well – considering the power the arduino can handle. I will modify my project by using new CPU & hopefully get it better.

Thanks for the motivation.

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