We just embarked on yet another project at Firefly Cottage! As you may recall, we had a paver walkway going from the sidewalk to the front door, and it was not in the best shape. Pavers were coming up in areas and the steps especially were not sturdy despite repeated attempts to shore them up.
The paver patio type area at the front was also not great. After we had the trees cut down last year, a billionty ants that had been living in the dead-inside Box Elders migrated and made little hills in between the pavers. I’m loathe to use any kind of chemicals in the yard, so we have sort of just been giving them a lot of side-eye and wishing they’d relocate. Hopefully they will find other spots in the yard to live now that their homes are once again being disrupted.
The walkways around the side of the house and between the garage and the back gate were also not awesome – there were several different generations of paving at different levels, and all of it was extremely close to the house and very narrow. You can kind of see how narrow in this photo:
We decided that having stamped concrete in the front would look nice, while on the side and between the house and the garage, we don’t really care that much and regular plain sidewalk will do. It will all be easy to snowblow, shovel, and sweep, as well as be safe for walking on. While we’re at it, we are having the downspouts replaced with underground ones. There’s really no other way to do it without having either (a) water pour right down next to the foundation or (b) downspouts as a trip hazard over the walkways. A is a massive NO WAY, and we want to get away from B, so a buried system it is. So! Yesterday they started digging up the old pavers and concrete.
Would you believe they found an entire sidewalk buried under a layer of sand underneath the pavers? They did! Apparently it must have been easier in their minds to just install the pavers over top of the old sidewalk – seems odd, but that’s probably par for the course in terms of former homeowners’ DIY projects.
Things looked pretty torn up when I went home for lunch yesterday, but that is the first step!
When I came home, the mason quickly stopped working the Bobcat to reassure me that they would not leave things a mess. I didn’t expect that they would, but it’s nice to know that it’s on his mind. Next we move on to digging the downspout system and laying the framework for the new walkways.