Thanks to a few working weekends and a helping hand from their neighbors, this once-bland backyard is now a welcoming retreat with plenty of room for guests.
- Clear the space for a new patio, and extend the patio slab
- Call Lowe’s for delivery of pavers and plants
- Ask the Bickslers to help install the pavers and new lighting
- Build the retaining wall around the patio
- Ask for help from the Bickslers with painting the arbor and planters, installing the window box, and planting shrubs and herbs
- Call Lowe’s to deliver the grill
Square pavers fit together easily to give a cobblestone look. To install, the team first excavated and leveled the area. Then they added paver base, tamped, and leveled. After laying the stones, they filled the joints with jointing sand by sweeping some back and forth over the stones. When the sand is dampened with a water mist, it hardens and locks the pavers into place.
To watch a how-to video for installing pavers, go to Lowe's Video Center
Step 1: Cut a 1 x 4 x 6 board to 38 inches long using a handsaw, or ask a Lowe’s employee in the lumber department to cut the wood for you.
Step 2: Use a flathead screwdriver and a hammer to puncture four drainage holes into the bottom of each paint can.
Step 3: Prime each paint can and the board. Allow to dry. Spray-paint each can with a basecoat (we used white in a satin finish). Using leftover accent paint and a small brush, create the stripes. Paint the board in a coordinating color.
Step 4: From the end of the board, measure and mark at 9 1∕3 inches, 18 inches, and 27 1∕3 inches. Attach the robe hooks at these marks using the included hardware.
Step 5: Attach the completed board to the fence using screws. Add plants of your choice, and hang the paint cans on the robe hooks.