You may remember this from an earlier post.
Our patio had developed large cracks along the foundation and along the top surface, seemingly due to poor workmanship when it was originally built. It seems the patio was constructed right on top of all of the trash and debris left at the work site. Over time water was seeping into the cracks making them larger and putting the patio at risk for eventually caving in.
After receiving several estimates, it was decided that the best solution was to demolish the existing patio and start from scratch.
As long as we were going to start over, it was also decided to enlarge and reconfigure the shape. The previous patio was ample, but our yard space provided for a more spacious patio, so that is the way we chose to go.
It was very satisfying to watch the work being done step by step.
In the photo above you can see the patio was in the process of being filled in. Once it was completely filled, they used a small (noisey:) machine to "tamp" down the surface. Best of all, no trash or building materials buried under there.
When the decision was made to have the patio re-built, we also decided to go forward with something we have been dreaming and talking about for years.
It involved a large pile of rocks.
Some of them were very pretty inside.
The beginnings of this project were a bit on the muddy side.
Soon enough the mud was a distant memory.
As was the crumbling patio.