Concrete Developments

The long awaited day finally arrived. Such excitement! First, the Cat skid steer came to the party.

While waiting for the everyone else to get here, the early arrivals scavenged cinder blocks and bricks from around the property to cut down on the amount of concrete that will be needed. And such an easy way to get rid of unwanted scraps!

Then the cement mixer showed up, and the party began. The work party, anyway. I just sat and watched.

It was amazing how, with so many guys working, there wasn’t a single problem. They each seemed to know what they were supposed to do, and they did it.

The skid steer definitely made things easier. Originally, the work was going to be done by two men with a wheelbarrow since there was no way the cement mixer could get all the way into the back yard.

As it was, they had to rip out part of the fence so they could get the Cat and the concrete into the yard, but luckily, these were the very guys who had installed the fence in the first place, so they put it back as good as new.

I worried that having so much concrete would take away from the expansive feeling of the yard, but it doesn’t. It becomes a bit of a focal point as well as creating an island garden.

One thing I liked about the way these people worked, was even though the skid steer tore up my yard, they pretty much drove it along the pathway where they will be building a walkway.

The only bad part about all of this is that I have to wait until the concrete dries to be able to use the back door again. But soon. Three days at most. Yay!

There will be handrails, in case you’re wondering, but those haven’t been made yet.


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator

7 Responses to “Concrete Developments”

  1. snakesinthegrass2014 Says:

    Best blog headline I’ve seen in ages. Great progress photos!

  2. Joe Says:

    Interesting layout with the island in the center! A ramp is sensible and forward-thinking. Is that wood structure a gazebo, or going to be one?

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Yes, forward thinking since this is where I will be growing old. And yes, a gazebo! All it needs is a roof and sealing the wood. The concrete slab was in front of the old garage, and the building materials (including the shingles for the a roof) are leftover from the new garage. Every estate, even a mini estate, needs a gazebo.

  3. Judy Galyon Says:

    Sounds like you have your home just about finished. What a long time project.

  4. Estragon Says:

    I’d be inclined to raise the island by ~2′ with a low brick or timber retaining wall. Weeding etc at ground level is getting harder for me every year. That, and a raised bed wall makes a handy spot to sit for a bit. Anyway, looking good!

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