We recently decided to extend the livable space off of our back patio. One day we plan to add a pool, but until then we wanted a little more elbow room for grilling, outdoor dining and entertaining. Our back patio gravel extension was a quick, easy and inexpensive weekend project that made a big impact.
For more on the covered portion of our back patio, check out our backyard patio reveal here.
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Back Patio Gravel Extension
First, we started by grading the area off of the patio using the box blade attachment on the tractor.
Once the area was relatively level, we boxed in the extension area using pressure treated 4x4s as a border. Then we laid weed blocking landscape fabric and had a load of limestone gravel delivered. We used 5 yards of gravel which cost $320 including delivery.
Then we spread out the gravel and decorated the area! I moved the outdoor dining table to the gravel section and rearranged the lounge furniture on the covered portion of the patio.
We used all of our existing outdoor furniture and added a large patio umbrella.
The patio umbrella is 12.5′ x 8′ rectangle umbrella. It has 6 convenient tilt positions for that evening sun and the fabric is UV and fade-resistant. Our back patio faces west, so we needed an umbrella that would offer great coverage. I love the size and scale of this one and it’s great looking, too.
If you’re in the market for a patio umbrella, Abba Patio is offering a 15% discount sitewide to my readers using code: BD15.
It’s been so nice to grill and eat dinner al fresco. The back patio gravel extension has been put to good use and I’d definitely recommend something like this if you’re looking to maximize your outdoor entertaining space. It was one of the quickest, least expensive projects we’ve done around here!
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