Monday, June 2, 2014

A Patio Fix with Oklahoma Flagstone~

Hi Friends,
Happy June!

Wow ~ the time is flying by. 
This month only seemed like a dream
back when we were all having harsh winter weather.

So here we are with summer upon us and I know it is a welcome season.

With the warmer temps comes lots of home improvement,
gardening and all around catching up and marking off our lists of "to dos"

My better half and I have been doing the same here at our Texas Cottage.
It seems we are never done,
but one thing is for sure, we are making progress and the list is smaller!

Near the bottom of the list, was to finally, after many years,
redo our side patio of old and failing brick
It really has seen better days and now it's cracked, raised from surrounding tree roots
and in NOT need of repair, but replaced.

 We have tripped one to many times
and before we break a leg, it's time to redo.

See the uneven bricks raised from tree roots.
Those will have to be all cut out
to get a level surface.

Patch work over the years 
has also seen better days!

So now with the removal we have this nice surface to work with.

All set for Oklahoma flagstone and granite mortar.

Being by the pool, we can not use cement grout.
Under this area runs pipes to the pool
and if we ever need to get to them,
we need an easy take out that the granite mortar provides.

So with some help from a few strong arms,
this project is now complete and ready to enjoy.

The granite joints after set,
 get a double dose of a sealing agent
 that gives it a sound and sturdy set without being like cement. 

This area overlooks our "created" outdoor kitchen
using parts from other home improvements we did inside.

Around the corner from here is the main patio
going into the house.

So here we are ready to enjoy hot Texas days~~~~~~

and nights at the pool.

Another project crossed off the list.
It's getting smaller.

We even had enough flagstone left over to do the front porch,
taking it from an old red tile that did not go with the house at all,
to a flagstone entry that suits the look much better.
I'll be back to share that part next time.

Have a great day and if you make lists like I do, I hope your list is getting smaller too!


See you soon~
Celestina Marie


Anonymous said...

Good Morning, What a pretty place to relax and enjoy summertime. Wishing you a wonderful week.

Valerie-Jael said...

This looks gorgeous, you have designed a wonderful corner of paradise! Hugs, Valerie

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

It turned out beautiful! I know you will enjoy it this summer.

miss b said...

What a lovely outdoor area and your pool looks so inviting. Sadly here in England we do not have as many hot days as I would like!!
Thank you so much for your kind comment and for following my blog. I'm so glad that I have, as a result, now found yours and I'm delighted to be following along too!

Jan Hermann said...

Oh, that flagstone is beautiful - great job. It just finishes the patio/pool area in such a "soft" way.

Jan ♥

farmhouse-story said...

gorgeous garden poolside, celeste! my husband wants an outdoor kitchen--maybe someday:) the new flagstone looks beautiful!--enjoy!

Cynthia said...

Love the new stone! Your backyard reminds me of the home we had when we lived in Plano, Texas. I loved living there. We made wonderful memories and the kids had lots of friends. Most of all, we enjoyed the jacuzzi and pool. We are "outside-people" and we had lots of fun!!! Much joy and happy summer,Celestina!

Sola Scriptura said...

The new flagstone looks gorgeous! It looks like you have the ideal place to spend the summertime outdoors, in luxury!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

I love flagstone, and yours looks beautiful. This is one of the things that has also been on the bottom of our to-do list for a long time. I also love those gorgeous windows. laurie

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful, Celeste! I liked the old stone you had, too, but I can see how it would need to be redone. I love the new flagstone you used! I am pinning this because on our "list" is putting in a small patio outside our condo's front door. We have been looking at stone online and I really love how yours turned out. I actually have a post later this week showing the area in question to be patio-ized!

Betty said...

Your patio looks so lovely. I can just imagine setting out there in the evening enjoying a peaceful time. My Hubby bought some flagstone for a patio, but never started the job. I asked him if he wanted to sell it and he said we are taking it with us when we move. HA! HA!

Ivy and Elephants said...

It looks wonderful!I love the look of flagstone, the way your patio looks, I'd spend all my time outside! Beautiful!

Lisa in Texas = ) said...

Just wanted to drop by and say Thanks for visiting my blog and following. I also wanted to say what a beautiful transformation. Your yard looks like a tropical vacation. I am sure you and your family will spend a lot of wonderful time out there this summer. Lisa :o)

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

That looks great! Your home is so beautiful - the pool oh wow - I would never leave it LOL. Your entire back yard is very very nice and I know you get a lot of use from it. The flagstone looks so much better that the brick - everything flows so much better.
Enjoy your patio.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow, now that's a party patio! I can see why you put off replacing much work my back hurts just thinking about it!!!


cynthia lee designs said...

Love the's so pretty!!

Stephanie said...

Oh my, your home/ backyard is simply lovely and a perfect place for relaxing :)

Also, is your header new? It's beautiful, dear Celeste! Hugs to you!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Big job! We did all our own flagstone work so I know what it takes. Your patio and pool area us beautiful!

Blondie's Journal said...

Celeste...all of this is beautiful to me as I've never seen your outdoor area. The stone is stunning. A difficult job but well worth it!

Enjoy June and July and...Ha!! Love everything! :)


LJS said...

Celestina Marie, Many hours together we have worked hard to make our home lovely and maintenance free because of your creativity and vision. The results are many years together to enjoy. B.G.

Mari said...

Celeste what an amazing place to enjoy the day, it's beautiful and inviting :-) hummmm can I pkeaseeee come over and take a dip in your beautiful
Enjoy all your hard work my sweet friend you deserve it ;-)


Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

I am in LOVE with your flagstone patio!! Can I come live in your backyard patio/pool area?? I can cook out on the grill, paddle in the pool all day and read by the lovely glow of your patio lamps and the pool at night. You can come out and visit whenever you'd like and we'll have lots of fun!!

You and Larry have made it such an oasis out there. Enjoy enjoy enjoy! You both deserve it!

Love & blessings, Edie Marie

Unknown said...

So gorgeous Celeste! Can I come over for a glass of lemonade and sit with you by that gorgeous poolside?

Have a gorgeous time sitting by your new poolside.

deb said...

The flagstone is absolutely gorgeous! I have an area of brick that looks like your before. And of course it right under the clothes line, so I trip all the time. Don't have the funds to replace so need to pull some of it up and cut the tree roots out to hopefully make it a little more level. There's always something that needs to be worked on isn't there? It's a never ending job!
Enjoy your new lovely flagstone! Your garden and back yard are gorgeous!

Laurel Stephens said...

I know firsthand what it's like digging out tree roots; what a job! Your new flagstone patio is just gorgeous, and your entire yard is beautiful. How I'd love to lounge around your pool in the warm sunshine!


I'm coming right over to enjoy your lovely patio!!! (I don't swim)
It's always nice to complete projects. My list seems to be getting longer...hmm!!!

Denise said...

Looks fantastic.

Red Rose Alley said...

Your pool and back yard is just gorgeous, and as I said before, the floor plan looks very similar to the one we had at our old house, but we didn't have this great barbecue area - that looks fantastic. I want to take a swim in your beautiful pool. It's such a hot one here today.


Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Celestina Marie
Lovely to see you back in blogland!
What a beautiful home and you've done wonders with your patio re-do.
There are always maintenance projects to work on- it's no different here.
I thought by this time we could sit back and smell the roses!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Celestina Marie
Lovely to see you back in blogland!
What a beautiful home and you've done wonders with your patio re-do.
There are always maintenance projects to work on- it's no different here.
I thought by this time we could sit back and smell the roses!

Julie Marie said...

Oh Celeste, your pool area is gorgeous!... I love the look, especially at night with the little lights on... I think I would live out there all Summer... xoxo Julie Marie

Stacey said...

Your backyard is so pretty! I love the look of Oklahoma stone with the hints of red in it. That was a great choice. Love your yard. :)

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..