Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Snowball

You know how you plan to do one thing, and it leads to another which leads to another?
Well, yeah, we've planned to do the patio for 26 years. That is how long we have lived here.
The patio plans have changed over time to accept those things we cannot change, such as grade....but the main thrust was to have a pergola, which we couldn't do with the patio in its present condition, which over the last few years has gotten worse. Our contractor and friend says he doesn't think they used re-bar.....with the way it is cracking I might agree....
However, I told you we were getting new chairs....right? Yeah...so we shopped and shopped until Hubby finally said ..."just order those chairs from Living Spaces...." so I did. They were supposed to arrive today...only we found out just before the order deadline that no they are backordered. Shame.
Anyway....in the midst of planning and the plan for the demo etc...which I might add got moved up to this Friday, we started moving things we could move (what with our bad backs etc....).

Hubby drained the water barrels...they need that once in a while anyway....and disconnected the pipe so that workers can safely maneuver around....they will help move things that are heavy....




Belle is aware that something is up, and not entirely sure if she approves....
In addition to "cleaning up" Hubby announced that he didn't like the black chairs so much, since our new space is going in....so, those are on the Craigslist....
Funny thing....our daughter might want them....which would be just fine....
He also had me list the old old table and chairs from his Grandmother....announcing recently that he never liked them....go figure! (Hence the push to find new chairs as well....)

Yeah, they are antiques, from the 1940s...but they are now on Craigslist...we aren't going to use them in the space....
What else you ask??
Well, I was changing a light bulb, noticing that when I turned on the back door lights it wasn't very light....and well, first they were fluorescent light bulbs and second when I went to change the bulb, the light fixtures were broken and the paint had come off....well, we had changed those some 20+ years ago, so we bought new fixtures....


I have always had a thing for barn lights, but most were really just too big for the space...I found these on Amazon, it was like $40+ for all three....not bad....And they are just the right size for the spaces and will shed much needed light and charm! Especially with the new paver patio and pergola.
So, did I show you the pavers?
You didn't see them?
Ok, here they are....
These are all the samples the company sent over....in short two colors, two styles. One is Belgrade Catalina Slate and the other is Belgrade Lafitte Rustic Slab....We went for the Rustic slab...which is big big pavers and in the grey tone...Victorian....
This picture shows the two colors...Victorian and Bella....we chose the Victorian...and these two pavers are the Catalina Slate in the 6x9, they are what they call the border that will be the border all around. It is kinda like when you put together a jigsaw puzzle....you always start with the border. Well, paver companies do too...that is actually cemented down then all the rest goes in.
Now, Nagi, our project manager says they might finish in four days. I totally doubt it, but we have a completion date of the 15th...a week, actually that's 6 days (they don't work on Sunday).
I will let you know, of course. I am totally excited and a bit nervous (who wouldn't be?). It should be awesome!
Yes, yes, it is expensive. But over the course of a couple of years we collected quotes from 4 companies, and what we found is stamped concrete is more expensive than pavers. Regular concrete (in our situation) is only $2,000 less than pavers and given that our soil is expansive adobe, it would be throwing $$$ away.
Pavers, though more expensive, move with the soil and if there is a problem, you call the company and they fix it. This company guarantees their work for 2 years.....
Sounded good to us. And it is environmentally sensible as the water doesn't just run off....like it does with cement... and being environmental is a good thing... pavers work with the environment....We should never have to do anything again with them...just enjoy. Oh, speaking of enjoying...when the workers walk away...we can be on it right away...no drying time. That to me speaks volumes!
Ok enough of the lectures...
I just wanted to keep in you in the loop.
We are ready for the workers to arrive Friday at about 7:30 am...yikes.....
Have a great day.
Nancy

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