Saturday, October 2, 2010

Today's Family Project: Stone Walkway

We've been working to create a tiny yard in front of our house/bodega. This is both for looks, and to keep down on the dirt that comes into the building. Most of the top of our property is dirt and rocks, because we had to use heavy equipment to push the ground around, to create a flat area for construction. Today, all of those rocks are coming in handy, as we put together a stone walkway.

Earlier this year, we hauled in topsoil and spread it in front of our two buildings. These areas were fenced off with some temporary wire fencing, and grass seed was spread. We were fortunate in our timing - we had a spell of dry weather, and we were able to control the watering by using a sprinkler. If we'd had natural rain, it would have washed away the seeds, as it rarely rains here that it doesn't pour. Even after the seeds had sprouted, we were in a continual fight to keep the soil and young grass from washing away during rainstorms. But eventually, we won this battle!

Here's a picture of the front of the bodega, when it still had the fencing around the grass on one side. You can also see that we had a very functional, but not very attractive, cinderblock walkway up to the front door.

With the wedding coming up, and guests visiting, I was hoping (nagging?) for the installation of a better looking front walkway.

Today is the day! Here are some shots of the current action at my house:

Stay tuned for more photos as the work progresses!


Norberto and Julie said...

Lookin' good! We're wanting to do the same thing to keep the red dirt from making it's way into our casa!!

Theresa in WV said...

That looks like a lot of work, but I bet it will be worth it.

Anonymous said...

I love seeing you guys doing the hard work as a family. What a strong young man you are raising. A wedding is a great time to redo things. My folks took the year or two before mine to redo some things around their house, too.

Brenda (Mrsborch @ SL)