Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Patio Finally Finished

The patio is finally finished.  Actually it has been finished for almost two weeks, but it snowed here in New York the day after the granite went in, so I couldn't get good pictures until this morning.
When you walk from from front yard to my backyard, this is the path that leads you to the new patio.  Near the wall to the right is our new fire pit.

Here is a picture of the fire pit from the other side.  The kids cannot wait to fire up the pit.  We may fire it up for Christmas Eve if it isn't ridiculously cold.

Here is the outdoor kitchen with the granite.  It looks amazing.  This entire countertop has only one seam in it...hidden behind the grill.  The granite people said this was the largest single piece of granite they have ever installed.

We have used the pizza oven three times already.  It is a very cool thing.  We are still learning the tricks of how to build the best fire, but it's getting easier.  You do need 2 1/2 to 3 hours of lead time to build a fire that gets white hot.  The pizzas cook in less than four minutes and come out like real pizzeria pizzas.  We buy the dough from our local pizza place.  Easier than me making dough from scratch right now.  Maybe at some point we will try that.  For Christmas Eve we will be making pizzas cut up into appetizer size for when our guests first start to arrive.  The warming oven and two drawers are on the right in the picture above.

Next is the side burner, the grill and the outdoor refrigerator.  We haven't gotten to use any of these yet.  Hopefully over the break.

Those planters weigh a ton.  So much, that it took three guys to carry each.  I want one moved a little bit...I couldn't even budge it.

This is the view when standing on the pool deck.
Another view while standing by the pool.

Remember where this project began:

Quite a difference now:

As soon as Spring arrives, I will be planting and furnishing the patio.  I can't wait to post those pictures.  But for now, we are thrilled that the project is done.  Can't wait to hear what you think.

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Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my, what a dream patio. I love it. Your kitchen is just fabulous and the pizza oven is so neat. I am sure you will really enjoy all of it for years to come. Enjoy. Hugs, Marty

Debbiedoos said...

I think I am very jealous to be honest with you! It is awesome! I bet you can't wait to enjoy it. In the meantime Enjoy the holidays with your family and see you in 2011!

Heather Jones said...

They look amazing!! Wow! A tad bit jealous!

Heather From and Mommy Only Has Two Hands! and Lynhea Designs

Val said...

I'm happy for's beautiful!!

The Soul Mom said...

Beautiful house!

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Happy Holidays!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

I am oohing and ahhing over this patio! That outdoor kitchen is amazing! Just beautiful!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your patio looks wonderful! What man wouldn't feel like the Grill Master with that outdoor kitchen and grill set-up!

Susan said...

My wallet and bank account are impressed. This is something we could never even dream of doing but it is sooo pretty. I wish you many joyful hours of enjoyment on your new patio and surroundings!

Darren Demers said...

Here is the outdoor kitchen with the granite. It looks amazing. This entire countertop has only one seam in it...hidden behind the grill. The granite people said this was the largest single piece of granite they have ever installed. 100 cotton sheets on sale , cute cheap comforter sets

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