Monday, April 20, 2009

The Queen is Amazing

After getting a few bids on the backyard, we finally signed a contract. The work starts Wednesday. The design is approaching something that resembles Design B.

backyard with garbage with AC

Design B


There were pros and cons for either keeping the trash near the alley or near the house, but with bids coming in higher than we decided to go with the cheaper option and put it closer to the house. It's easier to get to in the winter and allowed us to delete the 4' block wall near the alley. Summer said Bmore may be switching one 64 gallon trash can pick up per week, so the enclosure is sized for 2 of my garbage cans, or 1 new larger can, and my recycle bin. Other cost cuts included removing the few steps up into the planting bed, and the counter top area. It pained me to remove the counter area from the design, but in a tough economy it's tough to add design details that may not return your investment. This renovation hasn't been about making money, but we don't want to throw it away.

I'm exicted for the work to begin on Wednesday. The contractor said he thinks he can be done by the weekend. I seriously doubt he'll complete the job of laying all the masonry walls, hammering half of the back pad out and re-pouring this section of the pad. That's ok though. He may not be done by this weekend, but I'm pretty confident by next weekend the backyard will be looking much better.

7 comments:

prasad said...

This design is very good

momnipotent said...

So exciting! Thrilled that they can get it done so quickly. The weather will be cooperating, too. Where will Wally do his "marching"? Also, we know the Queen is amazing; did she do something particularly amazing regarding the backyard?

Anthony said...

Awesome. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Summer said...

Awesome! Sounds like the weather will be in your contractor's favor as well. Here's hoping to a reasonable completion time!

ingrida said...

Looks good! We're currently trying to figure out a (budget friendly plan for our 'back yard' - ours is approx. 15' wide x 20' long...

Erin said...

Hi Corey, just wondering what company you went with for your back yard?

Corey said...

Hi Erin - we ended up going with C&M Masonry out of Glen Burnie. 443-250-7164. We were very pleased with the work.