Landscaping: Week 7
Apr 3-7, 2000
This week started with some general grounds keeping plus a lot of work around the shed.
The rock wall was changed to wrap around the point and join the retaining wall. It looks better this way, and is a nice background for the seat wall. The shed was moved forward a bit so treated 8x8 could be placed as a base. Once the 8x8 were in place and “nailed” to the ground the shed was moved back. Before the shed was moved the water supply was cut and the pool fill valve and a new hose bib was spliced into the water supply. The hose fill valve used to be attached to the shed.
The last bit of drainage is done. A cast iron pipe was laid where a section of sidewalk was cut and then the sidewalk repaired. This brings all the water out to the curb. The section of fence between driveway and the side of the house knocked down to bring the in the bobcat is nearly replaced. The steps between retaining wall and pool are now closer to the same width. Posts have been planted for the screen walls on both sides of the shed.
A smaller crew has been working on misc things… I think they’re waiting for some stone to arrive. In the mean while the pool equipment enclosure has been torn down and the new and improved version is starting to go up. Another load of top soil has been delivered and spread in various places. The dividers between lawn and garden/pathway are almost in place in the back. The screen wall in front of the house is finished, now that the drain to the curb is done.
The pool equipment enclosure has been re-built. It better matches the fence – or it will once stained the same color. It does not have a top. The old enclosure did (but didn’t have a chimney for the pool heater so probably wasn’t quite code).
Much of the masonry for the front yard seat walls is done. The right side needs one more thin layer to get the height right. Both sides need to be filled with concrete). Once the masonry is done the seat walls and the existing retaining walls will be covered with stucco dyed some appropriate color.
The slate arrived. It will be used for back patio accent, the floor of the dining room, and the fireplace. The range of colors is amazing. It’s going to look quite nice. We also decided on an elm tree for the front. They can grow up to 10 meters or so, and will spread out as much as we let it.