From Plain Patio to Relaxing Retreat

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This patio is now a fun, inviting space after just $900 in improvements.

We’re helping a first-time homeowner transform a blah patio into a space for awesome outdoor living.

Kelsey Sigler, who bought her home two years ago, wants a fun, relaxing patio to enjoy after long days on the job as a teacher.

A few years ago, we gave her parents, Kym and Kenneth, a kitchen makeover, and now it’s her turn!

Projects

Clean and Resurface Concrete

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This concrete slab was in good shape, but needed some maintenance.

The patio’s concrete slab is in good shape, but it does have some cracks and could use a good cleaning.

Kelsey has pressure-washed the patio a couple of times, and we’re going to use a concentrated cleaner to saturate the slab.

The slab has cracks from expansion — which we know because both sides of the cracks are level. That means all we have to do is fill in the cracks and then resurface the area with Quikrete Re-Cap Concrete Resurfacer.

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Danny mixes Quikrete Concrete Resurfacer.

We spread out the resurfacer with a squeegee to cover the entire patio and, as it dries, we drag a broom across the surface to give it a textured finish.

Adjust Paver Retaining Wall and Flower Bed

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Kelsey’s retaining wall was causing water to back up onto her concrete slab.

Pavers bordering Kelsey’s flower bed were backing water up onto the concrete slab, so we needed to rearrange those.

We add Pavestone paver base, tamp it down, and then place the pavers

Install Sailcloth

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A triangular sail cloth offers shade and visual interest.

Kelsey wants to enjoy her patio anytime she wants, and that includes hot summer days. So, we’re adding sailcloth to make that happen!

Her options are triangular or square designs, and she chooses the triangle. It offers less coverage, but the square design reminds us of a tarp!

14 COMMENTS

  1. Oh, I’m excited to hear that I can fill in that crack on my front porch that will fill it in a resurface the whole porch. The curb appeal will be good as new!!

    Thank you for sharing this article:)

    Love your show and your Pinterest page:) Keep it coming lol!!

    • Hi, Judy,
      Here’s a great how-to: https://www.coolaroo.com/diy-hub/how-to-install-your-coolaroo-shade-sail
      Good luck!

  2. Wet and Forget is amazingly effective. I live in Florida where the algae/mold/ slime builds during the rainy season. Power washing cleans it but I think it also erodes the finish. Applied one coat last August. I just refinished my driveway three days ago (April) and didn’t have any slime when I preped with a power wash. Last power wash as I am hoping the finish will last a couple years longer with W&F.

  3. I had watched the episode on patio refurbishing this morning. I enjoy your programs and watch them faithfully. I have gained so much expertise through your programs . The information I gathered from you helped me take over maintaining our home after my husband died.

  4. What kind of trees can I plant around my patio for privacy?
    I live in Wisconsin.
    Love my neighbors but don’t want to look at them daily.
    No privacy so looking for some ideas.
    Thanks
    Janice

  5. Congratulations to her….would have been nice to reach out to someone that hadn’t already been helped before but still congrats to her.

  6. Live in Apt. off Springhill avenue, have small patio area tried to add Plants to Yard area that holds water planted ground cover, not good at decorating, but try.. watch your show all the time, read magz, books, etc., trying to get ideas, neighbor’s is smaller and pretty, but she is retired. I want mine to look good too, help! Working Lady with no Green thumb who tries….Thank you for listening…

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