Thursday, August 13, 2009

Concrete makes me happy

I've been waiting for this day for a while now. The electricians finally finished their job yesterday, and today we had the concrete poured. Now the actual building of the patio can resume and I am very pleased about that. Although I saw on the news today that we are expecting rain Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday which could mean another BIG delay! Everyone involved in getting this patio built is acutely aware of my lack of patience with setbacks, and I imagine that they'd probably all be slightly amused if it actually did rain for 4 days since there would be absolutely nothing anybody could do about it and no one for me to blame! Let's just hope the weather man was wrong.

Here is the slab for the hot tub. We actually already have a hot tub that we haven't used in 3 years, so I am excited to get it back and start using it again.
Supervising...I had no idea how much was involved in setting up a foundation for a hot tub. Does everyone do this?

Here is a picture to show you where the hot tub will sit in relation to the patio.
Dan the concrete man going above and beyond, suggested and then helped me do this.

This is my new landing in front of the door, I am probably the most excited about this. The only thing I can actually say that I hated about my house was that when I walk out the door I am on a narrow step. When you have a toddler and a diaper bag in one arm and a car seat with a baby in the other, it makes it rather hard to get out the door AND close the door. Now I can put one of them down on the landing to have a free hand to shut the door. I know it seems minor, but to me it's huge. (It will be covered with flagstone by the way)

The fire pit got poured today too.
The lovely smooth concrete will be all covered up with these fire bricks never to be seen again.
And that's all in a days work. Hopefully tomorrow will be another productive day and I can show you more progress pictures.


Jorden and Kristin said...

wow that looks amazing!!!! i'm so jealous!

Tina in CT said...

It is going to be a showplace. You'll be spending lots and lots of time outdoors enjoying it. How fortunate to have a creative dad.

Elle J said...

Looks great ~ excited to see the end result too. Your barn (in the background) looks like a great photo op setting. I am sure you have used it for kids photos(?)

Amy said...

So it will be done while it is still warm out, right? Then you can have a big party to "break it in"! :)

Kathy said...

Looking good! Bet you are getting excited to have it finished!

BTW... I changed my blog address to reflect our family change. Now I'm "tydylia" :)