Read all the comment from Internet surfers in the Concrete Blog, and I really appreciate the suggestions from folks on various aspects of the project, especially those of you in the concrete business. And if this wasn't exciting enough, you are welcome to watch grass grow or, as noted, have fun with my Halloween and Christmas decorations webcam which will not only let you view the lights, but also turn 'em on & off! ;-)
Some misc. issues included some landscaping to (try to) cover up the concrete edging that was poured too high on the East side, a patch (that still looks like a patch - grrrr) on the West concrete flower pot and there was a bunch of misc. finishing work.
I still have more more pictures/stories of the patio project to add - yikes, it's already Spring/2006 - I'll do 'em soon. In the meantime, read my two cents on the Republic of Boulder and the Rocky Mountain News versus Denver Post.
My father-in-law Larry recently helped me reverse the
but doing this project myself is a bit more than I want to bite off.
My original design was about 460 square feet, but then my neighbors
and convinced us (mostly my wife Wendy!) that we should "go big or go home" ... so I increased it to about 710 square feet. I go into much more
detail on my deck designs
page, but you can see below the existing angular patio deck
is outlined in black -
the "new-n-improved" mongo stamped concrete deck
is outlined in red.
One unfortunate thing is that back in 2002, I planted
3 shade trees - two of these will have to come out. And taking
their place will be
2 patio umbrellas which
it turns out is going to be better anyway ... and a heck of a lot cheaper
than some sort of shade structure.
I talked to several stamped concrete contractors and main issue was trying to figure out if fibermesh concrete is adaquate, or do I really need rebar ... so I decided to go with both! The last thing I want to have to do is bring out the concrete cutters again as I did (willingly) when I finished my basement crawlspace.
The outdoor patio lighting turned out real nice as did the patio fire pit. I have satellite pictures from beforehand, and also took tons of pictures during the project, so expect me to (finally) wrap up this saga by summer/2006 with updates: