From planning to Completion
Welcome to our 2018 Backyard Project Album. This is probably going to be one of the largest Album we have so check back often because we’re going to load as many pictures as we can find to show you how we managed to get this project off the ground and to its completion.
We had to work against time because we wanted to get this done and used it for our son’s graduation party. Added to our already very tight schedule was our trip to Chuuk, one that we had to take to be with families in time of grief and sorrow.
We started on this project just a couple of weeks coming from Chuuk and got it wrapped up just in time for the celebration. It was a huge relief.
I really can’t imagine spending money renting a banquet hall. I would rather invest in my property knowing the money spent will one day comes back in two, if not more, folds.
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The planning, Demolition and Staging
Before proceeding, Inspection is Required for the holes. Yes, the city Inspectors have to sign off on how deep and wide the hole is before continuing...
2018 Backyard Project
Total Budget - $7,500
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Gathering Needed Materials...
Free Stuff, thanks to the Internet Super Highways...
Railings & Stepdowns
Demolishing the foundation
We had to demolish this foundation to make room for the new patio we’re building in addition to the deck. We took out about 7 inches of soft dirt, filled it with the concrete pieces and river rocks for drainage and then a thin layer of sand before the pavers/blocks.
On the bottom, we had to dig 7 or so inches and then fill it with river rocks and pieces of concrete for stability and drainage. On top of that, we put a layer of compacted gravel and a very thin layer of sand before putting down the pavers.
Making room for rocks...
...for stability and drainage
Gravel and Compacting
...refilling the hole with river rocks, pieces of concrete and on top gravels and lots of compacting
Compacting is crucial to the stability of the pavers
Our General Manager, Roscoe, posing for the camera. I am not sure how we’re going to complete this project without his objections and distractions. He’s a great boss, someone that wanted to be the center of attention at all times. lol.
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