One of the projects that have been on the list is the backyard patio. The paving stones were sinking in spots and water would pool near the house......not good.....so we knew it would be something that would require our attention sooner than later.
My usual M.O. is make a mess of whatever area I want improved (ie. demolition of some sort) then attention has to be paid to it or it continues to be a) an eyesore or b) a safety hazard. I began to create both.
Sean's been working on our back shed and converting it into his new workshop. He is getting kicked out of the garage with our numerous guitars and drum set. Once Sean got the electrical up and working he began to tackle the patio. We even got the boys involved pulling up bricks.
We are extending the width by about 4 feet which was on my wish list. We pulled up the rotting wood beams and replaced them. As of press time it is full of fill and we need to haul in the sand and level it so we can start laying the stones in. The beams are painted a charcoal gray as is the foundation of the house. It was necessary to do that because at some point a previous owner decided blue would be a fantastic color to combine with green and painted the foundation. Once this main part is done, we will take care of the lower level and the side of the house. We did it the summer we moved in, but we can do a better job. While I would LOVE to build an entirely new patio/deck it is not in our budget to do so. We are reusing everything we can. It's an older house anyway. Our interlocking bricks are discontinued and we were worried about how we would make it all work with the extended patio, but Sean got some from a client who had the exact same bricks and needed to get rid of them. SCORE!!!!
He's had major luck on the free stuff lately. Free 40 inch flat screen LCD. Free bike for him to work on......side project. Free bricks. I am far from a junk collector.....He did well.
This is my new window in my bathroom. Sean put that in Thursday, I think. Glad to have a window back in there. Just need to find new moldings to go around it. We have dark wood moldings so I need to find something that will match everything else. Now......what did Sean do with the old one?????
He cut a hole in the shed/workshop and framed out a new home for the window. Now there is electricity AND natural light. He's planning on replacing some more windows in the house and two more will find new homes in this shed.
Side note: This was the shed project two weeks ago......
And that brings us to the fun today......Sean went to Calgary. I ran 15.2K (emphasis on the .2) James had his first driving road lesson. The boys and I went to Waterton and hiked to Bertha Falls. I thought it was 3km and turned out to be 5km-ish. James and Jared saw two bear cubs up a tree and we had to wait around until the mama could coax them down and leave the area. We feasted at Subway (family Waterton tradition) and James drove us home. My legs are hurting and I am shuffling around tonight, but it was fun.
Back to work tomorrow. How time flies. And it was time well spent.