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A LONG while back I started a thread asking our Colorado members all sorts of questions on making the big move out here. Since then I’ve been thriving! We’re settled in, my shop is on its way to being done, so why not start another project?

 

To catch up those who don’t know, I live in a massive 478 square foot house on a decent size lot that once was a part of a hunting lodge resort that started in 1947. Since then the houses were subdivided out, changed hands a few times, and kept falling into disrepair. The previous owners to us cleaned up the exterior, gutted the house completely, and did some shoddy landscaping. Things looked okay outside for a while but the drainage was never right and the general quality was really lacking. Here’s where we pick up from. 
 

We really wanted a better outdoor space so let’s start there. 


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This sorry looking “patio” used to be clad in old half log siding but all of that was falling apart. It’s a good size space at right around 12’x14’. We didn’t see the need to grown anymore for now so we started on a facelift. The large concrete pad was originally put there by the sellers who wanted the front door there. This obviously didn’t happen and it was due to the lack of space for a decent header. So?

 

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Gone! It came out in chunks and I still need to finish breaking it up.

 

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Then came the trenching and timber framing. 
 

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I’m using 6x6s because I think they’re fairly easy to work with. Once you get the bottom row level and straight then the rest just stack where they belong. We’re getting rid of the tight steps that were up close to the house in favor of big steps that extend all the way across the new patio.

 

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Not 100% sure how it’ll all get finished up but I’m leaning towards using granite remnants from the cabinet/countertop place I work at. For now, this is how far things are between last weekend and today. The wife and I are very much looking forward to being able to enjoy dinner and evenings outside!

 

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How is your back feeling from the trenching? 
 

Now is a good time to run any conduit for outdoor lighting if you think you may want it.
 

Looks very nice!

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1 hour ago, 500 MJ said:

How is your back feeling from the trenching? 
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Looks very nice!


Yesterday wasn’t so bad. This morning?... not so great. The ground here is SO hard once you get down a foot or so. It’s a lot of work. 
 

Thanks, Brent!

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On 5/9/2021 at 10:54 AM, Pete M said:

hey, do you neighbors still have that tarp thing going on?


Not yet! He was out yesterday patching back together his fence that a match and some well placed lighter fluid would be a better fix. 
 

No work today on things. Yesterday was a high of around 70°. Only about 40°, windy, and chance for snow today. 

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Not sure if I ever posted this before but I’ve got a postcard from when it was part of the resort. Kind of a then and now. 
 

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Finished framing the patio this weekend. Still need to level and figure what’s going inside to finish it. 
 

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The bottom step is lining me up for a potential 8-10’ deck further extending towards the south. Maybe next year. 

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  • 2 weeks later...

I do need some kind of fire pit... and to bring my truck home. :dry:

 

Not totally sure which direction to go. On one hand I absolutely miss sitting in front of a crackling fire in my yard like the last two properties. On the other, those crackles are a terrifying thing in a much drier state where there’s yearly news stories about some idiot who burned up acres of land while enjoying a camp fire. Maybe a raised enclosed fire pit with a spark arrester? Maybe a propane fire fixture that I can shut off and know that it’s off?... albeit not as cozy.

 

In any case, I need to figure how to finish the patio. Outdoor dinners need to be had!

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31 minutes ago, neohic said:

I do need some kind of fire pit... and to bring my truck home. :dry:

 

Not totally sure which direction to go.

Go get the truck and use said truck to get fire pit building supplies. 

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31 minutes ago, neohic said:

On the other, those crackles are a terrifying thing in a much drier state

I really hope all this rain we have been getting helps with that this year

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1 minute ago, jdog said:

I really hope all this rain we have been getting helps with that this year


Agreed. Just about got all four seasons through the last couple days! This morning was a bit of a rush before the rain hit again. It’s been nice though. 

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42 minutes ago, jdog said:

I'll take it over the 80 degree weather that's on its way

Now that's funny, we're expecting 104° tomorrow.

 

Nice patio area.

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