Well there have been some updates since then. First things first, we rented a plate compactor from Home Depot. Hubby used that to compact down all that gravel that we spread around. He ran some strings from one side to the other to make sure that things were all level with a slight slope away from the house.
Next, we rented a hydraulic auger. Also from Home Depot. We ended up using an auger with a 12 inch bit. We had to use hydraulic because our soil is so clay-like, there is no way a regular one would've gotten through.
We drilled 6 holes total. The holes ended up being 3 feet deep. Two on the corners by the house, and 4 on the edge by the grass. The holes looked like this
Finally, it looks like this
The furbabies had to make an appearance! So that's where we are now. Next steps are to buy sand and spread that all around. This will give the pavers something to sink into to help make sure they are level. Then the pavers will go down. Then we can fancy it up a bit, with some rock detail around the base of the posts, paint, and some sort of shade sale thingy-ma-bob.
I'll try to make sure I'm more on top of things as we progress. But to be honest, it took a while to get from that last picture, to this picture mostly because of holiday traveling, and weather. So I'm really not that far behind!
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for another upcycle project.