The side of the house was pretty much nothing much to talk about, and largely forgotten. Well that has changed with a bit of landscaping and some love. Of course, the hideous chain link fence was replaced as well. The water heater is also on the side of the house and it lived in a rusted old tin shack of a box that was suited for where Dexter would have hid his kill tools in a swamp. Needless to say I was eager to see it go. Well finally, it has a new home! It’s an expanded wood cabinet to match the fence. It also has some shelves for storage of outdoor toys. The before picture is from when the house was having some foundation work done, but it’s one of the only photos I have of the side of the house.
The front patio is finally done and I love it, especially the stairs. It’s just what I’ve wanted since I moved in. I gave a little Spanish style back to the house and I think it will thank me for it. The insurance even covered the cement work part of the project for which I am grateful. Now I have a patio that is an appropriate entry to the house and will be a nice place to hang out.
The mulch is done, almost. I need to have a retaining wall built for the new patio area (of course, I wasn’t planning on that) but it’s getting done and i think it will look great. I’m thinking about tiling the retaining wall for some fun, but that, like the grass, will need to wait a bit…but the irrigation has seen major improvements and there is only about a third of the system left to be replaced.
Well it’s all going a bit slower than I hoped, but the patio is getting closer. Tomorrow Edwin should finish the tiling and get to the grouting. By Friday I should have my new and improved patio!
Here are some pics of the progress, including Charlie’s “helping” shot. He did all of two tiles, he was quite proud….
So I didn’t notice it at first, but the outside of the patio wall totally cracked due to all the sledgehammering. It looks worse In person. I’m bummed, not sure what it will take to fix it, stay tuned…..
Update; after looking at some older pics of the front of the house, you can see that where the wall cracked is exactly where it had been repaired before. In other words, someone already broke it and fixed, but not that well. Not sure if that makes me feel better or worse.
The guys will be here this morning to take out the concrete from the front patio, it is so unlevel and so beat up there is no way to save it. It needs to be properly graded to keep water from running into the foundation and it just looks ugly. There is a chance the patio wall will not withstand the cement coming out since it’s had so many years of water damage. I’m totally nervous about worse case scenario.
The claims adjuster is coming this morning as well to see if my homeowner insurance will cover any of the patio repair as it’s due to the sewer main break. I’m not counting on it, but it’s worth checking.
The patio should be cleared by Saturday and left for the dirt underneath to dry out until Tuesday when new cement is poured. Then once that dries on Thursday, new Saltillo tiles should be set in place on Thursday….I’m not holding my breath but I can’t wait. One of the most exciting things about this will be new front entry steps. If all goes as planned they will be curved with decorative tile risers……so I’m hoping this goes as planned and preparing for various issues along the way. Here are the photos for the “before”