Thursday, February 7, 2013

On the path to completion

The single-digit temperatures of recent weeks have let go and we're back to full-steam ahead on the sunroom, for a few days anyway.

The fake-flagstone path from the driveway through the garden to the sunroom is really taking shape. This product is called "patio on a pallet" and it's made for DIYers. Yeah, right...if the Y in the DIY is willing to spend a couple days using a jackhammer, leveling the slope, and hauling a couple tons of dirt and sand. I've never been more glad to have hired someone to do the work for me.

It's been very entertaining to watch the crew assemble the puzzle path. All the shapes are numbered and come with a diagram of what goes where. My guys have chosen to ignore the numbering system in favor of a more descriptive approach.
Freddy: Hand me a Texas.
Larry: Here you go.
Freddy: Now I need a t-bone steak and an Africa...
Here's the link to the manufacturer's website if you're crazy enough to want to try this yourself.


The stucco crew applied the gray coat yesterday.



It's a very messy process...



...but this crew does a very good job of cleaning up after themselves.



They'll be back in a week, weather permitting, to apply the color coat.
The 3-step/3-day concrete floor staining process will happen after that, 
then all that's left to do is wash the windows and move in.

22 comments:

  1. I would think the number system would be much easier than the world geography/meat cuts system.

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  2. It is so beautiful GRAY!!! Tears are welling up in my eyes.

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  3. "Hand me a Texas" -- one of the best lines ever. The project is looking great.

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  4. Wow! I'm impressed. It looks great.

    Best always,

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  5. I looks fabulous! I love the sidewalk. It is especially nice how wide you made it. Love that. I know you will be so excited to have your peace and quiet back, and to move in to your beautiful new space!

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  6. It's looking great!! Congratulations!!

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  7. Anne Boleyn2/7/13, 7:02 AM

    So exciting! Looks GREAT!

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  8. I cracked up over the naming of the stones. We did that for the tile pattern in our hall, but sadly, our shapes were very boring: a fat square, a small long skinny, a large long skinny, a 2-by....

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  9. I love how the guys named the stones... Sounds like something you and I would do.
    It looks amazing!

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  10. Certificate of occupancy be darned...I'd be livin' in there already! (with some allowances for get out of the workmen's way when they return).

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  11. Oh! So close! They do sound like a great bunch of guys to have working for you. They do nice work!

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  12. So glad you had someone else do it. Simple is never as easy as they say.

    I have people do my yard and I love just pointing to where I want them to do this or that. Well worth the money.

    Your sun room looks solid. lol

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  13. We laid our own 14x14 flagstone patio at our old house. I would never do it again. However, I still remember many of the names we gave to the individual stones, including "fat bastard", "Jabba", and "India". Path and sunroom look great!

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  14. Great addition, and good placement of windows on corners for cross ventilation when it gets too warm, nice new walkway too. Enjoy

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  15. Are you going to add the tile "frames" around the windows? I love those!

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  16. wooohoooo looking good and movin' right along....

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  17. I hope you tell these guys that your blog friends are bragging on their work. It's really looking nice. It's exciting to think it could be done in a couple of weeks if the weather cooperates.

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  18. I'm excited for you! It's going to be beautiful. I know Wynonna would love to walk up that stone path!!

    Nancy in Iowa

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  19. It's really coming together! Looks great.

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  20. While I know it would be hard for you to do it, Carson, I really love when you start diagramming and numbering things. Will we be getting any of that before its finished? (You know, like the chicken coop and other bldg. projects!???

    Looks great and it will be a thing of beauty and a joy 4-ever.

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

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