Our Back Patio – The Plan & Deck Demo

Back Patio - the plan and deck demo

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 & demo - the deck before

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

Before we starting tackling our back patio we first needed to add a fence and walkway along the back of our farmhouse.

flagstone and stone walkway along the back of our farmhouse next to our sunken patio

Once those big DIY projects were over we started demoing the raised deck.

Back Patio - the plan and deck demo - taking out the stairs

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.

Back Patio - the plan and deck demo - demoing deck

Back Patio - the plan and deck demo

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 :).

Back Patio - the plan and deck demo - demoing the deck

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!

Back Patio - the plan and deck demo - kids

We saved the composite deck floor boards for a future project we have planned;).

Back Patio - the plan and deck demo - old brick patio

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.

Back Patio - the plan and deck demo - digging a hole

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 :).

Back Patio - the plan and deck demo - side view of the former deck

Moving it to the side of the patio provides a much larger space to entertain.

Back Patio - the plan and deck demo - deck gone

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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