As you know we have been working on our patio/path replacement for some time now. A lot of progress has been made. Hubby has dug through 5 inches or so of concrete by hand and removed it all, levelled out the ground, built a new step area inside our gate and also outside the back door. Repaired and lowered two manholes and countless other things too. It has been a lot of work and mainly down to hubby. We are nearing the end though and hopefully this weekend Stage 1 will be finished!!
The gravel that we need was finally delivered today. It has been difficult to get for some reason. We could order pea shingle, the sort of stuff that you use to put in concrete or some horrible black stones, but not what we wanted - even though it was on display and available to order on the builders merchant website!!!!! Agggghhhh. We don't have what we wanted as the stones are a smaller size than we would have liked, but at least they are a nice colour, not black or purple or orange or anything else crazy that wasn't what we liked.
Having had lots of different tradies coming and going recently I have been very pleasantly surprised with most of them. When we moved into this house we had a horrible time with our builders and it really made me very wary. However - until today which I will come to in a moment! - they have all been very polite, friendly, worked hard, cleared up behind themselves and so on. Today though I was less than impressed. As I said, we have had trouble getting this gravel delivered, but the delivery man today, well, he just summed up the whole experience in his attitude. He thought that it would be a good idea to put two one ton bags of gravel on the end of our driveway so that we could not get on or off. We had specifically asked for delivery to be onto the grass, not the driveway. Then he told me to go away and he would let me know when it was taken off the truck - why could I not watch!!! Then he bought the delivery note for me to sign, and I said that I needed to check it first - especially bearing in mind how hard it was to get this stuff, I wanted to make sure that it was right and I always check any delivery in any case. He got very grumpy with me.
Thankfully for him it was the right stuff, otherwise I would have made him take it away again!!! Sorry for that little complain, it just made me mad as it is so unnecessary for people to be so rude!
Obviously I don't have a Ta Dah! photo yet, but here are some progress shots for you to see how far we have come - and have still to go! I will do before and afters when we are all done.
We have two of these massive bags of gravel now - on the grass!! (I'm not sure how much they actually weigh, I doubt that it is a ton, but to give you some idea they are each 1 metre cubes (just over a yard).
The manhole outside the back door all repaired and lowered and the new stepping out area.
The new step area inside the gate.
Path cleared and ready for gravelling and below is the edge of the patio area which we have covered with some larger stones and a few slabs from the old patio all cleaned up so that we can stand pots on them to look pretty!
The second manhole also all repaired and lowered.
This will be the sitting area.
This is the rest of the patio that we still have to tackle. We are still in discussions about this, but the concrete will remain here as it is an appropriate distance below the damp course, but the slabs will come off, some may be relaid or placed in as stepping stones and then hopefully - my wish! - we will have a paved area similar to that outside the back door that we can put the table and chairs on and the rest will be gravelled with the same sort of gravel. Hubby would like to put a deck on it, but I am not keen. We will have to see what happens. I suspect that in the end budget will win out, so I might get my wish as the gravel is a reasonable price and we already have the slabs!!
So, you know what we will be doing this weekend, shovelling gravel and then hopefully sitting and enjoying the results of our work!!