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.