The view from our driveway to our side yard/back yard looks a little something like this:
helped ourselves to a huge patio's worth of thick, square cut slate from the house next door to S's parents that was set to be demolished and have been contemplating where to build our own patio ever since.
Last weekend we pulled out some leftover 4x4's to mark out where we'd like to put our new patio. We know our patio stones came from a patio that was approximately 20x25 and we certainly don't have that much space for a patio that big in our yard. At first we thought we'd just take up the area to the right of the shed, with the front left corner of the patio matching the corner of the shed. But when we had the 4x4's on the ground, it just looked too boxy. The whole area has a bit of a slope, so we're going to have to dig down to level the site and create a retaining wall with planter boxes along the fence. The slope naturally starts to level out at just about 18 feet from the back fence - two feet for a planter box and 16 feet for the patio.
We'll leave the 4x4's in the yard for a few days to get our eyes used to the new patio space just to make sure we don't want to change anything between now and when we scoop out the first shovelful of dirt.