Hard Surfaces

25 10 2015

The outside is finally starting to take shape. Our new garage/shed went in a few weeks ago, after several delays. It is still awaiting rendering on the front and a panel lift door.

Once the garage was in, the concrete drive was poured. The slope up is more than we would have expected, but it just goes to show how sloped the block is even when it looks flat.

Paving outside the back door and up to the front door plus a bit of retaining wall was done too – after the expected associated delays of course!

The rainwater tank was also rolled down the block to behind the garage and is now plumbed in (thankfully all our pump etc that we had kept from our old tank was still working) so we’ll be on rainwater once it rains.

Apart from a front fence, we’re up to soft surfaces outside now!

Garage in with matching skillion roof to house. Mesh ready for concrete pour.

Garage in with matching skillion roof to house. Mesh ready for concrete pour.

Paved entertaining area and path to front door and retaining wall.

Paved entertaining area and path to front door and retaining wall.

Concrete in.

Concrete in.

Of course, these things could never be expected to happen smoothly. A week after the concrete had been poured the pavers were delivered and the forklift ran over the edge, cracking the concrete. So our new, fresh concrete only lasted a week without damage… it will be fixed in the next few weeks at the delivery driver’s expense.

On the upside, while the driveway was at a greater slope than anticipated, the concreter was able to use some of our reclaimed besser blocks as a wall in the concrete and they are now permanently part of our drive, hidden in the slab holding back the dirt.

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