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Backyard from Scratch

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A summer project that we barely finished before the rain came. I hired contractors to do the concrete and an electrician to wire the spa. My father-in-law and I built the bbq from scratch. Careful planning allowed us to have the cook and guests at different heights. We also built the arbor- check your city code and inform your neighbors of your plans- I did all the stonework and my wife and I did all the landscaping and irrigation. Bury those drip lines to avoid them becoming the dog's next toy.

Comments / Q&A

On August 13,2011 Sam(Sandy) said:

" Beautiful work! "

On March 9,2010 Gehrke said:

"Next BBQ? Real Soon, Spring is here...let's Q it up and hit the links"

On September 18,2009 YardShareBryan said:

"When's the next BBQ Gehrke!?!?"

On October 27,2008 Lark said:

"Love all the stonework you did. It adds texture and warmth to the area. Where are you located? I can't imagine what happens to the bark in a rain storm. You have created an outstanding area for your family and friends."

OnAugust 15,2008 said:

"I do this for a living and I have to say your hard work has paid off ... nice job. "

On August 5,2008 Karen W said:

"Looks like a lot of hard work nVery nice"

OnJuly 19,2008 said:

"Nicely done! I really like the stonework on the retaining wall. "

On May 28,2008 said:

"Your hard work paid off....enjoy!"

OnFebruary 6,2008 said:

"Good question on the mortar...I used type S- but buy also pick up some clay and portland cement...I added just a little bit to each batch. Make sure you have a nice smooth batch of mortar- place enough on so that when you press the stone it squirts out the side- wiggle the stone back and forth to get a nice bond. Finally, work bottom to top, so the bottom stones help support the top ones."

On February 5,2008 said:

"Looks great!! what type of mortar did you use on your stone? I have some Eldorado I'm about to put on. Tried a few pieces with type "s" and they didn't seem to stick good enough. Want to come over and help with mine? =)"

OnFebruary 3,2008 said:

"This took a long long time- glad it is all over."

On February 3,2008 YardShareBryan said:

"Great back yard Gehrke. It looks like it was a ton of work."

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