View Full Version : My backyard reno (inspired by dirka's thread)

mista fitz
08-27-2009, 02:54 PM
Inspired by the huge reno thread from Dirka Dave.. here's my wee little reno.

I actually had planned to do a concrete retaining wall (huge slope right behind my house) and concrete deck, but when I started to piece it together, I had to run the line between what I really wanted and what I could realistically afford... I came back to my original plan to build a wood deck.

GOALS: No grass to mow. Better drainage. Place for BBQ. =) =)

The yard/clean palette after I graded it down 10-12" and started the landscape tie garden boxes... (ouch.. digging sucks!)

Paintball "safety" mask? Grinding down the existing screws from the walkway I tore out.

Supplies!: :party0010:

Almost framed in:

Gravel Delivery:

Built this landing pad outside the back door - partly to break up the pattern a bit.. BUT ALSO.. we would have to make a lot less cuts (sweet!) and the deck would end up with no seams if the longest board could fit diagonal without cutting.. which it would when I built this square ;)

Then on with the boards!:

08-27-2009, 02:57 PM
lookin good....my deck has soft spots :o

will be looking for the finished post dude [cheers]

08-27-2009, 03:04 PM
schaweeeet lookin good so far,

mista fitz
08-27-2009, 03:05 PM
Friend Chris' chop saw helped for the last few boards!

Contunued trenching out for drainage and started to fill 'er with gravel.


Pulled Pork sandwiches from some of our delicious locally sourced pig... a good meal every night for my friends that helped, thanks to my lady.

..and this is where I was at by last night (started Saturday)



Looks "almost" done, but I've got heaps of dirt to move out of that back corner, and a two tiered garden to build out of more landscape ties... I'm just happy I have a place to put my BBQ !! [36] [cheers]

dirka dave
08-27-2009, 03:08 PM
I agree, digging sucks !

Looks good !!


mista fitz
08-27-2009, 04:28 PM
Doesn't it though? Where's the cheap labour at in this country? =)

Seems the best way to save money is to do the shittiest parts yourself!

Hopefully I've got it right... talked about it for two years now, and only took five days (2 full days, and after work for 3) to get it this far!! It's all sloped to the furthest corner from the house and plumbed into the rest of the drainage.. so.. should be better than before at the very least.. all the dirt used to be ABOVE the foundation... duuuuuhhhhh whaaat? yeah.

Lieutenant Johnson
08-27-2009, 04:40 PM
Looks great !! Real handyman there eh... Love pulled pork sandwiches the BEST !! let me know when you need a hand again!!

08-27-2009, 04:53 PM
Very nice sean
After all that work just think all you can do now is sit back and drink beer and not worry about cutting the lawn[36]

dirka dave
08-28-2009, 11:13 AM
Drainage is important !

When we started our reno we didn't even think of doing the drainage but when we pulled out the "BIG O" and saw that it was %90 fylled with dirt we decided to do the whole house.
$3500 later we now are ready for the biblical rains that come every year !


Papa Pete
08-28-2009, 11:18 AM
Calling Jay

LOOK A DECK:dontknow:

Sorry Bonnie[cheers]

mista fitz
08-28-2009, 01:01 PM
Drainage is important !

When we started our reno we didn't even think of doing the drainage but when we pulled out the "BIG O" and saw that it was %90 fylled with dirt we decided to do the whole house.
$3500 later we now are ready for the biblical rains that come every year !


I had advice that wavered from "DIG UP THE WHOLE YARD" to "no dude, you don't need it!"

I went somewhere closer to digging up the yard.. I had already done it around the far side of the house (actually it started as a rat-proofing project, but ended up being a drainage project!)

Everything drains towards the far corner of the deck... where there is a sunken gravel basin.. and I hope that will help disperse the water.. if it overflows, it should follow the trench along to where my gutters go in the driveway... anyways.. I put in a 18" deep trench 10" wide... FILLED with gravel.. so I think it is PROBABLY overkill for such a small yard.. but there's a big hill behind us... so many things to consider..

Hope it works out! We DID get a slightly wet basement* in rainy season, but it's all setup with a sump, and since it's a 100 year old house.. it's kind of expected... all this drainage COULD help it, but I'm not holding my breath.

*basement= concrete, barely-stand-up kinda basement.. cellar, if you will.

mista fitz
08-31-2009, 12:14 PM
...continued on the landscape-tie raised beds... and brought in more gravel.. and cleaned up to have a look...


Next... move more dirt (that big mess of a pile on the back right... and then STAIN. Crossing my fingers for a few more days of good weather!

08-31-2009, 12:19 PM
WOW....nice job[36]

mista fitz
09-09-2009, 04:37 PM
Well, the weather has been shit. Haven't had a chance to finish or stain.. among other things..

Then my roof leaked. Fuck.

09-09-2009, 04:48 PM
Looks awesome! [cheers]