Our Garage+ Project – Week 14 Update

The work shifted this week (October 17-23) to the patio and fire pit – and that meant Evandro and his crew were front and center as Ready Installs awaits window and door deliveries – all delayed by COVID.

We had decided that we needed to upgrade our plan to include paving stone patios, walkways, a wall, and a gas fire pit. This post will focus primarily on those aspects. Evandro had previously roughly marked out where these new parts would go and link in with the new garage and the new house deck.

On Monday, Evandro verified his lines and excavation began.

Monday progress.

There was q lot of digging – and please note that this was done all by hand – no equipment other than hand tools.

Tuesday’s progress at seen at dawn on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, it rained. Thursday things picked up again. Subbase compaction began – some by hand and some by machine depending on the leach field presence underneath. Then crushed stone started being brought in and spread.

End of Thursday progress.

Friday saw a continuation of Thursday’s efforts.

Friday work.

However, it became obvious that Evandro wanted to catch up for Wednesday, so work proceeded on Saturday as well. The work was focused on building concrete forms for the back wall and the fire pit, and lastly placement of hand-mixed concrete. Evandro had an amazing drone that he used to take some photos and videos that will eventually show his work start to finish – and I hope to share a link for that when its available. The drone was able to self-stabilize in the wind and could reach heights of 500 feet!

Evandro and his drone ( you can see it just above the midpoint of the two reddish bird windmills).

The back wall was formed and placed.

The fire pit wall was started.

The crew worked past sunset on Saturday, and got good progress – though I had to wait until Sunday to have enough light to take a picture.

Week’s progress as seen at dawn on Sunday the 24th.

As I write this in week 15, it has been rainy and this is as far as we have gotten progress-wise. However, I bet Evandro hits the ground running when it dries up.

I hope this was enjoyable and thanks for taking a look. I may even do a hobby post shortly!

Author: Mark A. Morin

This site is where I will discuss stuff that I find interesting and that includes family, friends, golf, gaming, and Boston sports!

20 thoughts on “Our Garage+ Project – Week 14 Update”

  1. Mad props to a crew that dogs by hand. I don’t know what your yard is like, but mine is like concrete when its dry, and a sticky mess when wet. Digging a small hoke is a pain. Excavating for a patio? Those guys ARE the machines.

    Looking good, Mark!

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    1. Yeah, they are studs. The soil is about 8” or so of loam then sand, so it’s not too bad, but it’s a big area. Using equipment is risky because the leach field is under there too in places, so best option was the Burma Road approach.

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    1. Cool! Originally the fire pit wasn’t part of the plan, and neither were the walkways. As we thought about getting back and forth to the new building, walkways were a good idea, and then my wife got more ideas…good ones though.

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