Building a Patio and Walkway at Smith Mountain Lake–Part One

At the beginning of January, before I found out about my cancer and life seemed to be put on pause for many weeks, I mentioned that we planned to have a patio installed behind our Smith Mountain Lake house.

I’ve shared this view from our deck with you before but it’s worth sharing again.  This will also be the view from the new patio.

Smith Mountain Lake - February 25, 2017

The light was so pretty when I took this picture Saturday morning.  If you look across the cove, you can see that a new house is under construction.  We’ve been enjoying watching its progress.

 

My Cancer

Speaking of my cancer, thanks to all of you who wrote messages of encouragement to me when I first shared about it.  I’ve been diagnosed and have started a targeted therapy medication.  I’m feeling better and am cautiously optimistic.

 

The Makings of a Patio

Construction of a patio and a walkway to our dock are set to start this week and I’m super excited these project are finally starting.  This is definitely not a DIY and will be completed by our favorite landscape company, Southern Landscape Group.  They have done a number of projects for us and we consider their work to be top notch.  (You can see some of the previous projects that they’ve done for us here.  (Look in the Driveway Project and Derecho Damage and Aftermath section of this page.) It’s going to be a treat to watch the progress of this project this spring.

SLG (Southern Landscape Group) made marks in the yard making it easy to envision where the patio will be.

 

Building a Patio and Walkway at Smith Mountain Lake - Before

This picture shows where the SLG team will access the backyard from the driveway.

 

 

Our House at Smith Mountain Lake, VA

For reference, “Access” is spray painted where the driveway ends to the right of the house.

 

 

Building a Patio and Walkway at Smith Mountain Lake - Before

The arrows point the way to the patio site.

 

 

Building a Patio and Walkway at Smith Mountain Lake - Before

Mr. SP and I constructed the retaining wall to the left of the back of our house before Christmas and have yet to complete it.  We don’t have a lot of work left to do, all we need is a free afternoon!

 

Building a Patio and Walkway at Smith Mountain Lake - Before

The white line shows the edge of the future patio.

 

Building a Patio and Walkway at Smith Mountain Lake - Before

I already have plans to hang a swing (or maybe two!) beneath the deck.  Who wouldn’t want to swing in the shade and look at the water?

 

Building a Patio and Walkway at Smith Mountain Lake - Before

This view of the project was taken from the deck.  The patio will extend to the corner of the house although the white paint line doesn’t extent that far.  You can better see the new retaining wall from this angle.

 

Building a Patio and Walkway at Smith Mountain Lake - Before

The white flags show roughly the path of the future pathway that will lead from the patio to the dock.  It’s going to be so nice to have a pathway to use after walking though the grass and mud for a year to get to the dock.

 

Building a Patio and Walkway at Smith Mountain Lake - Before

The shoreline is rough and we are hoping that the SLG team can use some of their equipment to smooth out the ledge between the yard and shoreline.

 

Sherman at the Lake

Sherman Skulina swimming at Smith Mountain Lake, VA

Sherman never misses an opportunity to swim in the lake.

 

Sherman Skulina swimming at Smith Mountain Lake, VA

Here he is swimming in after chasing a flock of geese from our neighbor’s yard.

 

 

The View from our Deck

I have shared the view from our deck in the past and can’t resist sharing it again.  The pictures below show the view of the lake from the left to the right side of our deck.

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What Else is New at the Lake

I have a few more changes at the lake that I’m eager to share with you.  Mr. SP has been busy making four Adirondack chairs for the deck.  I’ve helped a bit but I haven’t wanted to be around too much woodworking dust due to the state of my poor lung.  We also have a few interior updates that I hope to share very soon!

Comments

  1. You will be in my prayers for a complete recovery and cancer free. God Bless you and yours.
    Marilyn

  2. Wow! How exciting! And I’m talking about you feeling better….and your patio of course! 🙂 I’m so happy you are doing better and that you will soon have a beautiful place to sit and enjoy the Lake outside! I definitely think swings would be amazing!

    • Sweet Pea says:

      I think swings are definitely in my future. I hope you can come visit this summer and swing with me!

      Paula

  3. The view is absolutely amazing and I’m sure you’ll enjoying spending time on the patio as soon as it’s ready. Definitely an intersting project!
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  4. pat howe says:

    Your lake home is beautiful, your patio will be amazing . I’m sending prayers and hugs for you and your family.

  5. Lisa Ronan says:

    I’m incredibly behind on my blog reading ( there are 4K plus emails in my inbox) so I just wanted to reach out and tell you good luck with everything . My oldest daughter has had cancer 2x ( ages 4 & 18) and just celebrated her first 20 yrs cancerversary , and her 6 years for her 2nd is April 26. A positive attitude is the best thing you can do. I know it’s easier said then done but let everyone around you do the worrying and you keep making the plans. Vent when you feel like it and eat what you can, when you can. People are going to say the wrong thing, often, but 99% of the time they mean well. Ask for help. Nap when you want and sit on that deck with that view and just be. My prayers are with you and your family.

  6. The view from your deck looks absolutely amazing. I grew up near Roanoke before moving out west. I just stumbled across this page, and it made me think of home. Do you have any photos posted of the lake with snow or the fall leaves?

    Thanks

    • Sweet Pea says:

      We didn’t get much snow at the lake this year and our home is new, so I don’t have any snow pictures. I will look around for some fall shots.

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