It’s the end of the first week of the garden makeover. So far in addition to everything from the old garden being removed, I have a new deck and the foundations for the raised beds. I have already taken advantage of the extra spaces in the sun to watch the cats come and go.
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.
Day 1 and an early start. The landscaping team were due on site at 08:30 so obviously I was awake at 07:00. At least it meant I could get the dishwasher loaded before they (and the skip) arrived.
A lot of the clearance has been done: the shed’s been deconstructed; the patio and path dug up; and the majority of the old lawn removed. More clearance and skip-filling tomorrow.
It’s been a couple of weeks since building project 3 (the kitchen) was finished, so time for building project 4. This is the big one. Scheduled to last 4 weeks the front and back gardens are being ripped out and everything is being started afresh.
At the front the wall is being knocked down and rebuilt (it’s bulging in a most unflattering way) and the gravel is being replaced with herringbone bricks (with a ramp for the wheelie bin).
The back garden is being decked from the back door out to the end of the current patio, with raised beds being built either side of the lawn. The shed is being replaced (the door of the current one doesn’t close as the walls have collapsed outwards) and a patio in herringbone brick is being built at the back (where all of the sun is). The wooden trellis which is falling apart will be replaced with some custom iron railings.
It doesn’t look like much happened on day 8, but it was lots of finishing off. The cabinets on the right hand side got moved into their final positions. The plinths were all fitted and the floor re-tiled where things had been moved around. The plaster was also repaired and all of the old kitchen taken away.
Tomorrow should be the end with the worktops arriving allowing the sink and hob to be fitted and all the plumbing finished off.
Day 7 and the early starts and consultations are starting to take their toll.
Today I had to dash to the store to get some more legs for the cabinets (Ikea had figured a different configuration than the installer, so there weren’t quite enough), then immediately dash to my exercise class (the hardest of my week). There were then multiple consultations during the day (the external tap had to be moved, various plans with fillers and requiring extra plinth) the final one being that the worktop was going to be too short. This was traced to a very wide filler being used between the corner unit and the washing machine (which wasn’t on the plan), so everything can be moved back up and the worktop will fit as intended.