Backyard from Scratch

Gehrke in CA

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.

Back Yard Flower Close-ups Lighting Medium (1,000 - 5,000 sq ft.) Outdoor Kitchen Small (Under 1,000 sq ft.) Spa Step by Step Project Stone / Rock

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Comments / Questions

Sam(Sandy) 3 years ago

Beautiful work!

Gehrke 5 years ago

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

Bryan 5 years ago

When's the next BBQ Gehrke!?!?

Lark 6 years ago

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.

Gary 6 years ago

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

Karen W 6 years ago

Looks like a lot of hard work nVery nice

stirgeon 6 years ago

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

Kathy 6 years ago

Your hard work paid off....enjoy!

Dave 7 years ago

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.

JP 7 years ago

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? =)

Michele 7 years ago

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

Bryan 7 years ago

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

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