We have a raised deck off of our family room that we almost never use. Although the deck looked nice, it was awkward to get to, had almost no shade and much of it was taken over by our hot tub. Because this is the patio that connects with our side and backyards it was important to us to find a way that we could use and love this outdoor space. Our plan is to take up the deck and create a sunken patio space instead.
Back Patio – The Plan & Deck Demo
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Our Plan for this Sunken Patio
Demo Deck Save Brick from Previous Patio Dig an 8 foot by 8 foot space for our Hot Tub
Build a retaining wall around the sunken patio
Move the Hot Tub
Level the Ground inside the Patio
Use Reclaimed Brick and Flagstone for the Patio Stone
Landscape around Sunken Patio
Bring the Outdoor Furniture Back and Decorate
Once those big DIY projects were over we started demoing the raised deck.
Over the years some of the wood had started to rot and a groundhog had made a home under our deck. It was not easy taking this deck down.
So hard in fact that we gave up last year after only getting half of it down and just took the last of it down the past few days :).
Most of the screws holding down the boards of the deck were stripped and we had to prey most of the deck floor up with a hammer and crowbar. Thankfully we had lots of little helpers for this job!
We saved the composite deck floor boards for a future project we have planned;).
We were very excited to find the original brick patio under the deck and plan on saving the brick to reuse for our sunken patio.
The next thing we did was dig an 8 foot by 8 foot hole to place our hot tub. Our family loves our hot tub but we would rather not have it be the first thing you see when you come out of the family room :).
Moving it to the side of the patio provides a much larger space to entertain.
I can not wait to be done this giant DIY project and start enjoying this patio! Thanks so much for stopping by to check out our plan and the deck demo!!!
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