• Then and Now-The stamped patio

    by  • August 18, 2011 • Home Building, landscaping

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    In a series of Then and Now photos, it’s satisfying to look back nostalgically to see how far we have come.  Bought in 2000, and in a completely natural area, we’ve striven to preserve the beauty of our 7 acres near the Sierra foothills of California, as we make a place for ourselves in this beautiful spot. The house was started in February 2004 and finished in December 2005, lived three months in a trailer here and the garden was started in earnest in 2006.

    These photos show how civilized we’ve become after 6 years here at Rancho Relaxo. We wanted to carve out a bit of living space outdoors, keeping most of our view and garden natural. Being on a 15 degree grade meant we’d be terracing any level ground we wanted and the tractor was invaluable to grade both these areas.

    We started the house in February 2005 after spending most of 2004 preparing the house pad. Sold the house down south in June, moved in August here to stay in our trailer until the house was finished.  While we waited, we painted, tiled stain concrete floors and did the clean-up for which we were responsible.  For the patios, this is what we did.

    November 2005 The upper patio

    Stamped Concrete Patio poured in 2005, our alternative to a deck.

    Stamped Concrete Patio poured in 2005, our alternative to a deck, which was on our ‘wish-list’. Concrete looks great and is less maintenance than a deck would have been. Also fire safe.

     

    2011

    Patio in 2011 now a place to relax with friends, barbeque and watch the mountain, talking over the day's events if any

    Patio in 2011 is now a place to relax with friends, barbeque and watch the mountain, talking over the day’s events, if any.

    2006 The lower patio

    Lower Patio in 2006, where the deer and the antelope (not shown) play.

    Lower Patio in 2006, where the deer and the antelope (not shown) play.

     

    2011

    The lower patio in 2011, parallel and just below the upper patio extends space for big groups and is surrounded by low water plants.

    The lower patio in 2011, parallel and just below the upper patio extends space for big groups and is surrounded by low water plants. This patio allows me to still run around barefoot a bit.

     

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    Then and Now-The back slope 2011

    Then and now, a slope full of blooming shrubs  2015

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    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She also manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.