Reader Project: Grand Backyard Patio and Pergola

Michael McGuire didn’t originally plan to tackle this huge project himself. But after seeing the contractor’s bid, he decided to DIY.

Michael McGuire didn’t originally plan to tackle this huge project himself. But after seeing the contractor’s bid, he told his wife, “I think I can do it myself.” And he did. Built entirely from cast concrete “stone,” Michael’s curvaceous creation covers more than 750 sq. ft. The Stonehenge-style surround is made from wall blocks glued together with construction adhesive. In addition to the pergola, the patio features a fire pit and a walkway to the front yard. But Michael isn’t done yet; future plans include a koi pond and a stone bridge alongside the patio.

“This patio is my pride and joy. It consumed my whole summer, but it was worth it.” — Michael McGuire

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