Ken did a great job of estimating the time and materials needed.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The patio needs to be laid on a base of sand and gravel, so first the sod is stripped off, then the dirt is removed down to the suggested level.
Building the fence was a previous project. From this angle it actually looks pretty straight.
Note: Those sunflowers were a lot sunnier in September.
Just a few of the many, many, many rocks we dug, pried, or pickaxed out while preparing the patio space. Our yard is nothing more than a thin layer of sod covering a massive pile of debris dumped by a receding prehistoric ice sheet that probably looked something like this:
We could NOT have done this without him.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Ken and John unload the compactor/tamper rented from Home Depot. Unfortunately, the photographer had to go back to the nursery to pick up the sand and missed the actual tamping of the gravel, but she heard there were some moments of consternation when it was discovered that the machine doesn't go in reverse.
Landscape fabric is laid over the gravel layer before the sand is added. This keeps weeds in check and prevents the sand from sifting into the gravel.
A screed is a board used to level the layer of sand so that the pavers will be square, level and at the right depth. A tricky process since we had to measure from the top down and the "top" didn't exist yet. This involved string, levels, tape measure, a Sharpie, lumber, a saw, hammer, nails, a brief appearance by a clear acrylic quilting ruler, duct tape, and assorted measurements (depth of gravel, depth of sand, thickness of pavers, length and width of the patio, and calculation of drainage slope per foot). Luckily one of us is very good at geometry and math.