The patio project started on a Tuesday afternoon and the picture above is how things looked by Thursday evening. (here's phase 1) Next on the list was to dig out the grass to expand our patio to the size we want, level, and build the steps.
At this point I'm thinking we have totally made it through the hard part! Woo hoo! Not so fast or as my dad, the Dude, always quotes from Glengarry Glen Ross, "Put that coffee down! Coffee is for closers!"
We dug and we dug and have a huge pile of
Sunday we were ready to pour gravel and compress. We rented one of those electric vibration compressors from Home Depot. It is awesome!
Back up! First I need to give big THANKS to my sis, the Queen, and my bro-in-law, Kickball Ken, for watching Z-man all day Sunday! Would not have been possible with Z around for sure. Second, equally huge THANKS to our friends David and Veronica for helping wheel in and rake load after load of gravel. Your help was a lifesaver.
Monday was back to work for me. C got to work building dry stack steps. They rock! *yuck yuck gotta love puns!
Again, smoke and mirrors for me. I went to work... I came home they were there. Nice! In the thrilling conclusion (Phase 3) the flagstone actually goes down and we discuss DUN DUN DUN... The Future.