Pregnancy brain is real. So, I have a bunch of progress updates on Dax’s big boy room- starting with his floors being completed, but I forgot to take pictures of the floors. David has moved on to painting, so the floors are completely covered with paper which means I can’t take pictures. You’re just going to have to wait a little while longer. David does have until July 1 to complete the room, so hopefully that means I can take the pictures this weekend!
Moving onto another topic…we had some rain drainage issues with our last patio, and David has talked about getting a french drain put in for months. I was a little surprised that he didn’t mention it to our contractor when we put in the new patio.
Of course, once the patio was completed, we had some major rain over here and we started to notice how much water was building up next to the patio. David said “Well, we need a french drain put in”. No sh*t!! I reminded him that he mentioned that before, multiple times and was confused why he didn’t have one put in while we were building the patio. His reasoning was that he wanted to see where they put the patio, the elevation of it, and if it made a difference with the water problem. So, now that the patio is done, it apparently is time to get this french drain in, or else we will get this mini pond every time it rains. No thanks!
Happy Monday! The boys are back in school, and we are back to our routines. It’s crazy to think that they are done with school in a month. This year went by so fast, it’s scary.
Anyway, our old retaining wall was really long, but it was falling apart and totally unsafe for the kids to play on or even near. Originally, David and I thought we would do a wall the same size as our old one, but I think there was a miscommunication with the contractor because he planned on a 15ft wall. In his original plan he included a BBQ as well, so maybe the wall was 15ft but that didn’t include the BBQ. We decided against the BBQ because it was way over our budget, and so much more needs to be done with this house. If we feel like we want one in the future, we have the space to easily add one in.
We wanted a smooth look for the wall with stones that went well with the patio and I think it is looking great. It needs a topper for a little bench look, but it’s so close to being done!One of the guys working on the patio suggested that we did some kind of border for our window wells. It makes them look a little less ugly, and it also makes them stand out more so that hopefully the kids don’t run over them. I am glad that this was suggested because I never would have thought to do this and it really looks good. Not much left to do and so excited to enjoy it this spring and summer!
Finally I am pleased with a company David chose to work with. These guys work quick! They got so much done their second day and we couldn’t be happier with how it is looking.
I love the stone we picked, even if it doesn’t look the best with our home’s current exterior paint color.
I also love the pattern we went with when it came to lying the stones out. It feels modern yet still traditional in a way.Our old patio was huge, and we thought there was no need for a patio that large, so we shrunk it just a little. The pile of dirt by the tree is where the old patio went to. We thought we would just plant more grass there once the patio was finished.Next up, building the retaining wall! Have a great weekend!
A couple of weekends ago, I caught David staring out of our kitchen window with that look he always gets when he has an idea for a project. I creepily watched him for a little and then finally asked him “what????” He of course responded with “nothing” as he usually does, and proceeds to say “well, just trying to figure out what to do with this patio”.
I heard him out, and not sure why I was so surprised to hear that he wanted to tackle this himself. I mean it’s not like he’s in the middle of our mudroom and pantry/planning center- he told me it would be finished in January. It’s also not like we have a punch list of 283748474894 things and a nursery to get started (yes, I’m pregnant again and never announced it). Ahhh!!
I respectfully kept listening, but then told him maybe it was a good idea to get some bids from local companies. We had two guys come over a day later and somebody else the following week.
After receiving three bids, we went with a guy who brought us samples and created a 3D layout of what the patio would look like.
We wanted it to look pretty, but we also didn’t want to spend too much since we most likely won’t live in this house forever. We figured, if we decide to stay, we can add on things like a fire pit, outdoor kitchen, etc.
They arrived at the house by 8am on a Wednesday morning and the entire patio was demoed before 4. Ya, that would have taken David weeks, if not months. The men working on the yard were super respectful and even cleaned up the best they could by the end of the day. It was definitely a good start to the project!