Thursday, 21 August 2014

Patio progress

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!!

Amy

44 comments:

  1. It's all looking good and so neat. Your husband has done a brilliant job with the manhole covers and slabs outside the door, and I like the gravel you've chosen - it will look perfect with the existing slabs and the pebbled areas.
    Soon you'll be able to sit out and enjoy your new surroundings!
    Gill xx

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  2. You complain away. I hate rude people it is so unnecessary. I am not one to bite back and It can affect me the whole day if someone is rude to me. If I am having anything done at home I insist the Mr takes a day off as he gives them what for, but I find it so sad that people will just chose being unkind.
    I can't wait for the big reveal. Hope you are well ,sending hugs

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  3. Amy, I really sympathize with you about your gravel delivery guy. I handled a major exterior remodel some years ago and I had thoroughly researched exactly what was needed. When the first highly recommended contractor came out to give me an estimate, he talked down to me, acted like I didn't know anything and kept saying he needed to talk to my husband. I told him my husband had nothing to do with it, that he had full confidence in my ability to handle it. The guy just never got it! And he clearly did not have much experience with the materials I had selected. So I sent him on his way. When the next one came, I knew instantly he was The One - he had lots of experience with the materials and respected that I knew what I was doing as well. He did a fabulous job. I won't put up with attitude at all anymore. I probably would have sent the gravel guy away (and then, of course, have to wait ages to find what I wanted again!).

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  4. I am not usually a complainer but the one thing I hate above everything else is rudeness and the lack of manners, there is just no excuse for it. I really do sympathise with you over the delivery man there is no excuse, he should remember that without orders he wouldn't get paid. Rant over, your husband has done a really good job, the weather forecast is looking good for the weekend so you should be able to get some work done.

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  5. Hi Amy, wow you have worked so hard-both. The gravel will be perfect, look super neat and tidy and I hope 2015 summer will be lovely for you both to sit and enjoy.
    Well done x

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  6. Such a lot of hard work but it will be worth it in the end. I hate starting jobs like this as it seem to take forever, but there's so many stages and of course, you're relying on deliveries and workmen too. The end is in sight though now, so not long to go.

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  7. It'll all be worth it when you have your new patio :-) I don't know why it's so hard for some people to follow a simple request and get it right first time...very frustrating. Hope you feel better for airing it! xx

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  8. It will be lovely in the end. I like the special raised areas for pots - very clever. But it is hard work and a bit daunting when you take it on. Try to focus on how nice it will be in the end and what plants you will use. And outdoor cushions.. Cushions are good for the soul :-) Have a lovely week-end! Anna x

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  9. Looking good :) I do find some workmen to be rude. Our neighbours are having some work done at the moment and the builders have spread themselves across the drive making it difficult for me to get in and out. They will be getting short shrift if they keep this up!!

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  10. We built a patio in our back yard a year or so ago, and we so enjoy it. We have also put up a gazebo sort of tent covering from Lowe's that keeps the sun off a bit better.

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  11. It's looking good and will be so nice when it's done. It sure is frustrating when you can't get things delivered, or in the manner you got this in. Glad it's there now!

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  12. When this is all finished, you and your hubby will be patio-makeover-specialists...
    And I'll keep my fingers crossed that you'll have good weather over the weekend ! Always nicer to work in sunshine...
    Xxx

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  13. Hi Amy, wow, things are moving along, your husband must have worked his back off! As for the delivery man, well, it's a shame, but best move on now you got the gravel! When it's all done you won't think about him anymore, you will be pleased about the improvements! Looking forward to see how it all comes out!
    Have a great weekend!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  14. Looks great! You must be feeling a bit more relieved as the end is in sight. You will have such a lovely sitting and patio area. You both will admire your handiwork for years to come! Good luck with the shovelling and watch your backs. No injuries please!

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  15. It's all coming together now and looks fabulous! Such a lot of work - kudos to your hubby for hanging in there! I can relate to dealing with tradesmen - we built our home and it was one fiasco after another. I learned to be really stern with them because they tend to treat women like they should be seen and not heard. Neanderthals still exist. Lol! The hard working, polite ones make up for it and get the recommendations, though. Can't wait to see it all done! xo Karen

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  16. It's all looking really good! Seeing the bags of gravel reminded me of how much of the stuff I have shifted in years past - quite a few tons!

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  17. You have reminded me of a week a few years ago where we shovelled tonnes of the stuff onto our driveway. I was a lot fitter back then!! This is all looking so good and I would say not to go for decking having to deal with neighbours rats myself that decide to make a nice winter nest under it!

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  18. Yay for hubby!!! He does amazing work Amy!!! What he has accomplished looks beautiful!!! I can so relate to this as we currently have a mud pool in the back where the deck is to go! Good luck with it all this weekend....it is going to be awesome!!!! Take lots of pictures!!! Nicole xoxo

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  19. Such a lot of hard work but it'll be so worth it when you set a table and chairs out there. It's going to look great.

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  20. It looks really good, Amy. It sounds like you've both been working hard and it shows. I'm glad you're seeing progress now. I'm sure it's going to be really beautiful when it's all done.

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  21. You're making a beautiful job of it, and your husband is a complete gem, digging through five inches of concrete by hand. I'm impressed! I hate it when I encounter rudeness and unhelpfulness, it's so unnecessary. Have a good weekend, I hope the gravel shovelling goes well! CJ xx

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  22. I would have stood and watched the delivery man just to annoy him. Cheeky so-and-so! My fingers are crossed for a good weekend so you can get the gravel down. :o)

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  23. So much work that goes into an outdoor space. Love the progress so far and before long your sitting area will be finished and beautiful!

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  24. We've had the 'my life is sh$t so you''ll pay for it' type delivery men....so you have our sympathies.
    At our last house we had a beautiful gravel driveway...come the first winter, the snowblower shot the whole lot over the road...leaving us with a dirt driveway.
    Jane x

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  25. That is quite a lot of work, bit will be such a nice spot to relax.

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  26. you will love this when all completed-lots of work-but will be worth in the end

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  27. Looking good and plenty of ta dah already x

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  28. You've done a great job and you're getting the area around the house just as you want it. Soon you'll be able to relax and enjoy the fun of adding some plants in pots.

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  29. Looking great so far, it's so fun watching it all take shape, isn't it? Can't wait to see the big reveal who it's all done. And boo-hiss to grumpy delivery people! I had one a few weeks ago too - insisted he could only deliver "kerbside" and wanted to dump the whole lot at the top of the driveway and block it. Finally convinced him that putting it in the garage, just a couple of meters away would be better. But he left me feeling quite upset at the whole drama too. Rudeness is just so unnecessary ! Have a happy weekend and hope the weather's good so you can enjoy being outdoors. Hugs xx

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  30. Nearly there, Amy and we have a bank holiday weekend coming up! I'll keep my fingers crossed for some sunny weather and hope you get all your jobs done. Xx

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  31. Such pretty progress, already! Hang in there, before you know it, all that elbow grease will pay off!

    xx
    Poppy

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  32. Looking good! You are both going to enjoy your hard work and patience, hope the weather holds for you so you can tackle the gravel. What a horrible man, it really unsettles you doesn't it when you get someone like that. Without customers like yourself he would be out of a job! Go easy on the shovelling, take care xcx

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  33. You have both worked very hard, Amy and you are going to enjoy it so much when it is all done. I don't know why some delivery people are polite and helpful and others aren't - lack of training or low pay perhaps - there is no need for it and it must make their day more stressful to get through as well as alienating people on their way. Have a lovely weekend:)

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  34. You are making such great progress! I would have been quite annoyed with the guy who delivered the gravel. You are a much nicer person than I am. I think I wouldn't have signed the delivery paper until the gravel had been moved to the place it was supposed to be.

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  35. Phew!!! You've been working hard.
    I look forward to seeing photos of it all finished.
    Jill x

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  36. Phew! what a lot of hard work but it's looking great Amy, Your grass will be ruined where they have put the bags but easy enough to remedy with a bit of grass seed, good luck with gravel laying hope the weather stays fine. :)

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  37. Don't overdo it and watch your backs....it's hard work. Decking is very nice, it's warm and soft underfoot in bare feet, and when you drop a glass it doesn't smash to pieces. Anyway you garden is taking shape and I can't wait to see the finished photos!

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  38. My heart goes out to you. My husband and I rebuilt our back deck this summer. All I can say is: a Never Again.

    Good luck but enjoy!

    Winter

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  39. I dread having to employ workmen and usually get my Dad to sort it all out for me! I have some horrible purply slate in the front garden and would love to replace it - you made a good choice with your pebbles. Well done to hubby as well for all his hard work. x

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  40. It's coming along nicely and it'll be worth the hard work when it's all done :) Not that that makes the 'doing' any more appealing!

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  41. It looks really great! And is obviously the product of a lot of hard work. You'll be delighted when it's all done! Bee xx

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  42. Exciting! You have put so much hard work into this and I am sure you will be thrilled when it is all finished. That man sounded so rude, I hate that, it is just so unnecessary! Grrrr. A little bit of politeness would not go amiss! I am glad all of your other builders have been better! Not long now, Amy!

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