About a month ago my wife and I bought a pond liner and a pump to build a fish pond in the courtyard. We discussed the pavers she wanted around it. I am pretty sure we didn't have the same idea of a finished project, but I think it turned out great and my wife was pleasantly surprised. We started by me digging the hole for the pond. Then it rained for two weeks and would never dry out. Once it finally dried out two weeks ago I dug the hole back out and continued by digging up all of the grass in the courtyard. I placed the pond then backfilled with dirt and sand around the pond. I then attempted to somewhat level the rest of the courtyard, yet sloped the ground away from the house.
Then began our several trips to Home Depot to buy fabric, sand, retaining wall blocks for the pond, and pavers for the courtyard. Due to the weight of everything and me not really knowing how much of everything we needed, this took six to seven trips. I laid the fabric down to smother out the weeds hopefully. Then I poured out sand in the area and laid out the first course of blocks around the pond. I also laid out about 20 pavers. From there it was time to make another trip and several trips thereafter. I got another round of wall blocks and pavers. Both Luke and Levi finished up the wall blocks. Luke then laid out all the pavers the rest of the way until the end. At the end I put the finishing touches on the layout which dies into a flower bed we created. We bought some pea gravel and flowers to finish off. Luke and Levi poured out the gravel to fill in the gaps between the pavers as well as around the flowers that I planted in the flower bed.
All in all it was a successful project so far and my wife is happy. We have gotten power for the filter and pump over to the pond. We have also added some plants and fish.
If anyone is interested in having some pavers installed I have a crew of kids willing to do some manual labor that need a job. I think Luke enjoys it as much as I do.