Saturday, January 19, 2013

DAYS IN THE SHADE- IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PROCESS

Not all of my posts are about photography, or gardening or working in the studio. 

We really disliked our back yard. It wasn't a friendly, lush, comfortable place and we wanted to change that. So our plan was to have a concrete patio and shade structure installed in our back yard at our soho (south house). There used to be lawn (very bad lawn) there, and we needed to change it up- we wanted the ability to leave furniture out there without it getting wet from the irrigation system.

So we set out to do just that. Earlier last week a crew came and dug up the yard (that was a lot of sod and soil), and proceeded to 'do their thing'- end result, a patio/shade structure- with a spot for future BBQ.

You know, everything in life is a process- and I think some are fascinating, so I watched this one with interest.

Our process for this project is what I call IPEE

IDEA
PLAN
EXECUTE
ENJOY

But for the contractors the process is different- here are some shots that show you their process. 

DIG
POUR
LEVEL
SMOOTH
SEASON TO TASTE
INSTALL

DIG
(and rake, and rake, and rake)
POUR AND POUR SOME MORE
(the guy pouring has a wifi doohickey so he can shut it down when he needs to stop)
 
  
  
LEVEL (and take a break)

SMOOTH (this guy has these cool things he kneels on and he kind of skates on his knees after the concrete hardens a bit, then does his magic to finish edges, etc)
ADD SALT AND ROLL (to match the existing concrete they add salt and roll it into the concrete until it is dry) DRY OVERNIGHT, SWEEP AND HOSE DOWN
AND- we had them do a little work to the front entry- but that's another project (and process)
NEXT UP- SHADE 
DELIVERY- here's some of what they need to build the shade structure
UP IT GOES- these guys are fast
COMPLETE - well almost, now all we need is furniture so we can sit down (note how the structure is shading the house and not much else? That's what you get with a winter sun).
NEXT UP- BBQ, but that's for another post.

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