The start of week three saw everything move to the front of the house and the collapsing front wall was rebuilt. It still needs its topping of engineering bricks, hence it’s shroud, but then it will be on to paving. The skip has attracted attention from a neighbour, it was one of the different ways to get to know a neighbour (at least they asked if they could use it rather than dump stuff in there in the dead of night).
Day 10 saw the struggle with the shed. It’s up (the doors will be attached on Monday). The patio paving was pointed and the lawn laid and watered in. That’s pretty much it for the back garden (apart from painting, planting and the railings – still waiting on a quote). Everything moves to the front on Monday.
Halfway through the second week of the garden renovations and the focus moved from the back to the front. The raised beds at the back were filled with lovely new soil and given a final coat of dazzling white paint. At the front the old wall was carefully dismantled and the gravel removed. Tomorrow the paving bricks will arrive for both front and back, and I will hopefully have a quote from the blacksmith for the custom railings (which won’t be able to be fitted until well after the rest of the garden is completed).
The retaining walls for the raised beds were finished off today, including having an extra skin built inside to add strength against the weight of soil. They also got their first coat of white paint (showing up the other walls). Tomorrow they will be topped up with soil and get their second coat. Work will then begin on the front while we wait for the paving bricks.
The cats have a new obstacle today. Most of the decking has now been laid (including getting around the various pipes and guttering), but there’s still a small section where it’s just weed control over the frame. So far three cats have already investigated and it’s been less than an hour since the landscapers left for the day (none have fallen in yet).
It’s a nice change to be able to step out onto the deck from the back door instead of stepping down onto concrete and then back up again.
Day 2 and excellent progress in the garden. The collapsing trellis has been taken down, the old shed removed, and the footings dug for the raised beds. The measurements have all been done for the decking (including marvelling at the outrageous dip in the pathway from the back door), ready to start decking tomorrow.