Ever since the first time we looked at our dream cabin, we said the flagstone patio needed to be repaired and re-done. Almost every stone was loose, and just about every time someone stepped on the walkway or patio, it was near disastrous. I’m really surprised (and thankful!!) that no one had every fallen or twisted an ankle. Although we vowed to do all the work to our cabin ourselves, there are few things we decided may be beyond us – and the patio was one of them. Luckily, we met some nice guys who had done some work at our neighbors house, and booked them to do the patio…five years almost to the date of our settlement, the patio is completed!
When we bought our historic log home, we decided that we would do our best to keep everything we could original, and use every bit of original material that we could as we renovated the cabin. We loved the flagstone, but we did not like that it was broken, uneven, and very unsafe to walk on. We wanted to be sure to use the original flagstone pieces.
Each stone was picked up, and then reset. Then each piece had to be wiped with an acid to remove the concrete haze from the stone so that the pretty colors of the flagstone could shine through.
As this brutal winter is now behind us, and we look forward to nice weather, we can now (safely!) enjoy walking and sitting on our patio as we enjoy the view of the lake!
2019 Update: Patio, Take 2!
The 2014 flagstone patio project did not hold up well, and our patio went back to being unsafe to walk on. Although we loved the flagstone, we decided it would be best to replace it with something more suitable for our pack of pups!