Recycled Granite Block Patio

Now that the warm weather is almost here, many of you are starting to think about outdoor cleanup and possibly what new outdoor projects you want to tackle this year.  I have an awesome project to share with you that I completed last Spring.

We actually completed an entire landscaping overhaul including our front yard, side yard, and back yard. I am excited to share it all with you, but consider this a sneak peek!

This is my new and improved side yard:

Circular stone patio

 Want to see the before?

Okay, you asked for it…


Yikes! Horrible wasn’t it? It was downright  embarrassing!

Although in our defense, we just had a gigantic gum ball tree removed. You can see the sawdust remnants and thousands of gumballs where it stood. It was right in front of our gate. Isn’t that dumb?? We used to have to squeeze around it to get to the back yard.

Patio stone

Quite the transformation, don’t you think?  I love sitting out here in the mornings just enjoying the quiet. Of course it doesn’t look like this right now.  My hydrangeas are just waking up:)

What I love most about this area is the little circular patio.  I built it from the granite stone blocks you see in the before picture!

I was inspired by this circular pattern in the gravel at a local nursery:

Inspiration for circular patio

I thought it was so cool.

We had a ton of these granite blocks because the previous owner had also used them in the front yard.

They had very little impact before and I didn’t want to use them at all in the new landscape because I thought they were so ugly. When I was inspired by the pattern above, I was so excited that I might be able to use them after all.

I dug my hole about 3-4 inches deeper than the blocks. They were varying sizes so I used the biggest ones as my guide.

I used weed-block fabric in the base of the hole.  Then I filled the hole with about 2-3 inches of sand.

Creating a circular stone patio

As you can see I arranged my stones in a circular pattern, starting in the center and working my way to the outside.

A layer of crusher run, which is a crushed stone and available at your nursery, should be used also as base before adding sand.  I did use this for my pathway, but not for this circular area as I didn’t mind if it wasn’t perfect. And actually, it has done just fine without it, probably because these stones are so heavy that they aren’t going anywhere!

Lastly, I filled in the spaces with these tiny pebbles.  Pea pebbles are round and you can easily roll on them and slip. These pebbles are a bit more jagged and irregular.

Circular patio from granite blocks

You can see them a bit better in this shot. That’s my big boy, he’s such a sweetie!  This was taken during our egg hunt last Easter, before any of the plants were added.


It adds a lot of interest to this area and breaks up the long pathway from the front to the back.

Flagstone pathway

What do you think about the gate? I built it myself! You can check out how I built that here.

Here’s a view from the other side:

Quiet Spot in the landscaping

I love that I was able to create a destination out of a previously unused area of our yard.

Let’s see that transformation one more time…

From this:



To this!:

Circular stone patio



And One Year Later:

DIY Granite Block Patio: I built this with leftover granite landscaping stones.

It has really filled in in just one year! You can see more here.

You had a sneak peak at my back yard in the before photos, but wait until you see the after! I also have my front yard to share so  be sure to come back soon!

Update: My backyard is up, and you can see it HERE now!

You can also visit my front yard now by clicking HERE.

I hope you enjoyed my recycled granite block patio project!  It was labor intensive, but super simple to do. Maybe you will be inspired to create a new outdoor space too!





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  1. Great job Christy, what a wonderful transformation! I know you smile every time you see it! It all looks lovely fabulous!

  2. Wow! What a beautiful transformation! You should be proud of all of your hard work.

  3. Wow! And Wow Again! Very impressive before and after! You certainly worked hard on this, and it’s just beautiful. Congrats on a job well done! Catherine (new follower)

  4. Love that circular pattern! We’re redoing out backyard patio, too, and I’m wondering now how the circular rocks would look out there.

    • Thanks, Audra! I think the circular pattern adds a bit of charm. It might depend what you’re planning on using the area for. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment:)

  5. Amazing, incredible, ridiculously gorgeous transformation!! The husband and I are taking care of a yard for the first time – I’ve become obsessed with checking out what other people are doing with their yards to make them pretty.

    • You sound just like me last year…I would snap pictures of neighbors’ yards hoping no one was looking just trying to gather some inspiration! I finally drew my yard out on graph paper and came up with a plan…I still have to post on my front and back yard. The difference is amazing! I hope you’ll come back soon and check them out:) good luck!

  6. I love how your new yard came out, I have been looking for some inspiration for a few areas I want to work on this summer and think I finally found it. Thanks!

    • I’m so glad, Lois! I remember scouring the Internet night after night looking for inspiration for our yard last year and there wasn’t a whole lot out there. That was before pinterest came into my life:)
      Glad you like it!

  7. My backyard looks like your before picture, could you come help me improve it??

  8. ohemmgee. This is so pretty! You did a fantastic job and they gate is gorgeous. Seriously. Love.

  9. WOW! That is so impressive, Christy! What a beautiful addition to your yard!

  10. Wow….wanna come spend a week or so here and help me with my yard….??? I love the circular pattern!

  11. Christy, your landscaping project definitely caught my eye. That’s what we are working on right now too. We just moved into a new house last summer…there is no personality at all in the landscaping so it’s going to take some work. Your side yard is fabulous! Love your gate too. We’ve been on many garden tours and the ones that have the sides all finished out always have such a pretty impact.

  12. Wow!! Talk about gratification!!! You must be over the moon, not only enjoying the quiet there, but knowing YOU did it!! Beautiful! ~Zuni

  13. Stunning transformation! You did such a great job!! What a lovely garden space…I would love to see the rest…..

    • Thanks so much, Nancy! I am working on my front and back reveals now. I have a lot if photos to sift through:) Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!

  14. Your backyard garden is beautiful. We have cobblestones in our backyard and I love them. I am looking forward to spring break (starts tomorrow) so I can work in the garden.

  15. That just gorgeous! I know doing all that digging is hard work! Now you have that beautiful area to enjoy forever. The gate is amazing too!

  16. you’ve really made that a destination, not just a walk way. love it, and love that you used those leftovers from the previous owner. free and fabulous.

  17. Hi Christy, What a beautiful transformation! Thank you for sharing your wonderful project at the Open House Party.

  18. Amazing transformation! We just bought a home that has a huge front and back yards and nothing in them! A BIG blank slate and I am so not prepared to fill them, but I want a plan and start adding to it! We still have about a foot of snow outside, so it might be awhile yet! I LOVE what you have done with this cute pathway!! Can’t wait to see more of what you’ve done!

  19. Wow, that’s a beautiful transformation! I am currently house hunting so I’m hoping I’ll have a new yard soon to put my own touches into, you’ve given me some great inspiration!

    I found you on Design, Dining + Diapers!


  20. This is gorgeous! What a transformation. It looks awesome you should be really proud. We are getting ready to start a new patio in our backyard using a similar method so I loved reading your post. Thanks!

  21. really nice! i need to get started on my makeover now that you have inspired me. oh,, and following you also so i can see the rest of your yards makeover.

  22. What an awesome before and after! Wanna come fix up my yard? lol.
    Just beautiful. New follower!
    Morgaine from Madcap Frenzy

  23. Gorgeous! It’s funny you should stop by my blog. I had your post open in a tab from Nifty Thrifty Sunday, but just hadn’t looked at it yet. Now I’ll have to poke around as well. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my post.

  24. It is so pretty!!!! Fabulous transformation!

  25. Hi Christy, Check out this weeks Open House party to see your project featured. Thanks again for linking to the party.

  26. Wow, that looks amazing, Christy! I came over from Pam’s blog and the afters are just stunning. You must smile every time you see it!

  27. Stunning transformation! I too came over from Pam’s blog and am just floored with your handy work. I’ll have to keep this in mind for my own yard.

  28. What an amazing makeover! I can say that your side yard in the “before” state is what I tend to see a lot of side yards look like. You have made this a beautiful area and path to your yard. I’m sure it was a lot of physical labor, but you did such a great job. You must have such a feeling of satisfaction in not only completing this, but in how it looks. I’m going to save this to show my daughter for her house.

  29. I love your yard makeovers. My question . . . how do you decide what plants to put where? This hurdle has kept me from going forward on so many of my ideas.

    • Great question, Betty! I am about to put together a post on how I started my garden from scratch. But my biggest piece of advice is this: go to your local nursery, big box stores, etc and check out what plants they have to offer. Take photos of anything that interests you. Then go home and look them up. Find out what kind of light they like, how tall/wide they will grow, etc. This way you aren’t buying on impulse, and planting things where they will grow best will ensure a successful garden. Also, anything you plant can easily be moved in the first year, so if you don’t like what you’ve chosen, you can move it! Hope this helps a bit. Come back soon or sign up to receive my posts by email so you don’t miss future posts 🙂

  30. I love this area too! What a great way to use formerly wasted space. I agree that the circle design was a great choice.

  31. Tina McNamara says

    This is a BEAUTIFUL transformation. How close is the house next to yours? If I tried to do something like this the garden would be right up against my neighbors house. Oh well.

    • Thanks, Tina! Actually I can throw a rock at our neighbors house while sitting on that bench. Our houses are really close together! Measure your space out, you might be surprised at how much you can squeeze in! 🙂

  32. Looks fantastic. How lucky to have those blocks on hand, ready to use. You really worked hard and it shows! Good job girl!