After a long process of evaluating plans, making changes and selecting our contractors the work starts in earnest. The first step was demolition. When we bought the house, it was a newly remodeled (brand new for all purposes), so all the landscaping was pretty generic. We had to say goodbye to our basic lawn, all of our basic plants and our basic sprinkler system (which was faulty from day one anyhow, so I was glad to see it go).
The teams involved were
- My Wife (As general contractor – and a damn good one)
- Landscape Installer (For Demolition, Irrigation, Lighting and landscape install)
- The Concrete guys (For hard-scape and mow bands in the front and Cast in Place counter tops)
- The Electrical Guy (Runs all the electric for the outlets and the fridge)
- The Fence and Arbor guys (For all wood construction)
- The Mason (For all brickwork, counters, appliance, BBQ and Pizza Oven install)
- The Stucco Guy (Smears stucco all over everything)
Within two days the landscape installer demolished everything, hammered out the concrete steps and yanked out all the plants. After coming home from work and seeing this, I realized that we were going to have to get used to dirtscape for a while.
After demolition, the real work begins. The holes for the arbor columns are dug, the trenches for drainage are dug and the electrical, water and gas lines are run. the yellow string intersects at the exact center of each arbor column. The inspector signs everything off at this point for the first inspection. We are about 8 inches deep. The BBQ structure will go on the right side of the picture below. You can see the electrical for the outlets and the gas starter for the Brasero. The large white PVC in the middle is for drainage. Next step is rebar, forms and gravel.
Tune in tomorrow for “Concrete” when you’ll hear us say “Christ, this is way more expensive than we planned”.