Monday, June 18, 2012

Taking Shape!

First you saw us destroying the old “patio” in our backyard here, then you saw us removing the debris here and finally you heard all about our new grill/gas line here...well, now it’s time for the real patio fun to begin! 

Originally, our concrete guy thought he would be able to start our job sometime this week.  He had one large job on his schedule in front of us, but after that, we were next in line!  {Thank gosh we signed the contract with him when we did, because he said he had a flurry of jobs come in right after ours, and the wait is now 6 - 8 weeks!!  Yikes!}

Anywho, after a couple days of rain we thought our job would start even later, but we were greeted with a very nice surprise on Wednesday morning.  While we were getting ready for work, our guy called to let us know he was on hold with the job before us.  They were having some drainage issues on that property, so he was wondering if it'd be okay to start our excavation process that day.  We were thrilled, and told them to come on over!

After briefly discussing the layout again, we left for work feeling so confident about the job he'd do.  {Seriously, I can't say enough about this guy!!}

Our work day couldn't go by fast enough because we couldn't wait to see all that was accomplished in our yard.  I truly was expecting to see dirt moved from point A to point B...and that's about it.  But no, no, no!  Our stairs were removed {they are building new steps to the porch...our current ones are were a serious safety hazard}, the dirt was excavated and moved to low points around our home that we discussed earlier {didn't I say this guy was awesome??}, crushed stone was compacted/tamped into a level surface and wood forms were in place!

So last you guys saw, our patio area was looking like this...



And now looks like this!!



Hopefully all this progress means we aren't too far from the pouring phase of our project!  Woot woot!

Anyone else step up their home's outdoor game lately?

19 comments:

  1. Nice! I spent the entire day working on my front door - stripping layers and layers of paint off of it! Here's a little preview: http://thependletonhouse.blogspot.com/2012/06/front-door-progress.html

    It's not as exciting as your progress but I'm happy about it!

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    1. It looks great...I can't wait to see that baby all done! :)

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  2. Exciting! Can't wait to see the finished result.

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    1. Me too! I feel like a kid on Christmas hehe.

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  3. Woohoo for the guy coming earlier!! When you have all your cookouts this summer on your new patio with your new grill, I'll be sure to be there ;)

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    1. You are welcome anytimeeeee! Jersey is beautiful this time of year hehe. ;)

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  4. So exciting! Can't wait to see everything poured! Are you planning to do wood or concrete steps?

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    1. I wish we could do concrete ones, but they are SO very expensive. We are just having another wood set made.

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  5. Yay to the guys coming earlier than expected! I am excited to see everything poured!
    We haven't done anything outside (or inside, for that matter) lately. Our outside is kinda 'blah' and I'm not sure what I want to do to it yet.

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    1. Me too! I can't blame you...sometimes the outside is way more overwhelming than doing anything on the inside! I figured out that we need to break the exterior down into sections like we do with rooms on the inside. I get less overwhelmed that way.

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  6. Yay progress! Your back yard is gonna be the bomb! Yep, I just went all 90s on your blog ;)

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  7. Yay!! Progress is super exciting!!

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  8. Very exciting! It's going to be sooo nice to have!!

    Our outdoors is dirt, so anything is an improvement right now!!

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    1. I know...we can't wait, because like you, our backyard is basically dirt. It doesn't make you want to spend a lot of time hanging out outdoors haha.

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  9. like your blog dear,
    keep posting and go for it!!

    xo

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  10. High five...I see lot's of progres! That's always fun :)

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  11. wow that looks awesome!! i feel like we have been swamped with nothing but outdoor projects lately...can't wait to see the finished product so you can enjoy all that hard work :)

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