Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Mellow yellow .... orange & red

And yes there's a song connection in there somewhere!

oak trees at the back of the house
The terrace work has all been done now, all bar the final 'dressing'. The easiest change to see when compared to the before photo is the steps. However, that doesn't cover the half of the work that has been done! 

'after'; everything ready for tiling & rendering
The concrete has been re-done to provide an imperceptible slant toward the retaining wall; two drains have been put in; a runnel made to channel the water to the drain; an additional soak-away dug for the water to drain away and the guttering has been switched round as too much roof water was pouring into the one (overloaded) original drain/soakaway by the kitchen door. There's now also a small step up onto the main terrace and the path --which was only ever temporary-- round from the kitchen door to the drive has been concreted properly. It may not be glamorous but it was all needed! 

new steps in the corner

If you'll forgive the flight of fancy, the terrace and path are like 'ladies of yore' waiting to be 'dressed'. The 'dresses', aka the tiles, coping stones and render are waiting in the wings. However, we can't tile immediately. As those of you who are familiar with building things know, the concrete needs to harden a week or 2 before tiling. 

Virginia Creeper at the side of the barn
So now we wait... if the weather gods are kind and it stays frost free the tiling may be done before the winter. If not, it's not a problem. The tiles are stacked and tarped and can easily wait until the spring. 
Silver Birch
 Meanwhile autumn gallops along in increasingly intense colours. The Virignia Creeper at the corner of the barn is fire engine-red and the Silver Birches have gone an intense yellow while the Sumac has turned an amazing orange.

Sumac

8 comments:

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Dear Niall and Antoinette:
Your terrace will be wonderful we are sure. Perfect to have such a broad sweep around the house and the flight of steps up into the garden is so inviting. And, of course, it will all be dressed beautifully in its final clothing.

The autumn colours around the house are simply delightful. Such a golden glow to be bathed in. Perfect.

Thank you so much for your kind comment on our previous post to which we have made a general reply.

Landbohaven said...

Gode billeder.
Smukke efterÄrsfarver.
Tak for kigget.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@ Landbohaven - Welkommen og tak for kommentar :-) jeg har kiggede pa din blog og haven er dejlig selv i regnvejr.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Jane & Lance - yes we're glad it has finally been sorted and that we have proper steps...though garden might be a grand term for what lies beyond :-)

GaynorB said...

S'looking good!
What a neat and tidy job, bet you can't wait for next spring/summer to have the tiling complete. Our neighbours tiled and grouted in cold weather and it all needed to be done again, so it will be worth the wait.
Wonderful autumn colours. It's getting very cold in the UK so winter woolies are a 'must'.......!

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Gaynor - partly wish it were all done now but it is much better to wait for spring.

Very cold here for the 1st time this morning--frost on car so good training for Edinburgh [ferry tonight].
Here it's supposed to back up to 18 or so from Saturday.

Jim Budd said...

Lovely pic of the sumac.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@ Jim - thanks. All the leaves on it dropped off while we were in Scotland.