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
Photo: Courtesy of Michael McGuire