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Picture taken by my friend Cyndi Leos....thank you Cyndi.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Almost Done...

Today, the electrician came and finally got the lamp post finished for the patio.  The weather has been freezing cold and rainy the past several days...not the best for photographs of our finished project...but I will post some pictures as soon as the weather warms and we finish arranging the rest of the furniture.

We are very happy with the final results despite some glitches along the way.... Last Monday when the project was suppose to start, the contractor was informed the paver color we selected would have to wait until next week because they did not have the circle pack (circular design in the middle of the patio) in our selected color...only the square and rectangle pavers.

I LOVED the color we selected, but not enough to wait another week...NO WAY!  So he showed us some samples and we selected another.  I told him I did not want any gold...and he told me he remembered my preference from our first visit to his studio to view all the paver colors...

So we were going to start Tuesday morning, early.  The truck delivers the pallets of pavers, only to discover the circle pack pallet looked ALL GOLD!  When the contractor came over, he agreed and was shocked at the color.  He called his Rep to come over and meet us at our home.... Meanwhile, he had his crew go through the circle pack and hand pick out all the other colors which were NOT gold...

By the time everything was sorted out, we compromised on making a smaller circle pack so we did not have to use the gold pavers and scheduled to start at 7am on Wednesday morning...

While doing the job on Wednesday, the crew ran out of rectangles...so the contractor had to order more and thankfully got them over to us within an hour!  I decided since we had so many squares left over, why not trim our existing cement patio with the pavers to tie it all in with the paver conversation area....the contractor agreed to do it because we "had been so cool and accommodating".

After everything was finished, the contractor told us not to wet down the pavers or walk on them for one entire day to give the polymers time to set with the sand in between the pavers.  I was dying to organize the patio furniture...but I waited patiently...

We still have to build the patio table and unwrap all four table chairs and put all the cushions back on all the chairs...but we need nicer weather to do that...

Friday night, after playing Bingo up at the Rec center, we invited some neighbors over to see the pavers and to have a night cap.  It was chilly out there....but we were determined to enjoy the space...  We also have a portable fire pit, but I am still looking for a large round pan to put underneath to prevent the pit from leaking on to the pavers...  I need something about 27" in diameter...maybe a huge pizza pan...

My step-daughter and her husband drove up from California Saturday night and spent the night with us.  They came up for their wireless phone business.  They will be staying at one of the hotels Sunday and Monday and will leave Tuesday morning.  We had a nice lunch today and met them at their hotel and had more time to visit. We'll spend tomorrow afternoon with them too.

Stay tuned, I hope to have pictures posted before weeks end...

6 comments:

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I am looking forward to viewing the finished result.

DJan said...

Your description sounds like it turned out really well. I will be looking forward to the promised pictures. :-)

Thisisme. said...

Hi Donna. Like you, I'd be dying to get that patio furniture out! Why doesn't anything ever go smoothly when we decide to have jobs done?! It all sounds as if it will be lovely, especially with the fire pit. Can't wait to see some photos. It's lovely to see spring appearing everywhere, but it's still pretty chilly over here. I do hope it warms up soon! Take care.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Looking forward to those photos!

CiCi said...

Oh gosh this sounds so nice. I would so like to have a small patio in the back yard. I look forward to seeing the pics.

Kass said...

Looking forward to the patio pics.