Friday, April 29, 2011

Starting the Backyard!

We have dedicated this Spring and Summer to finishing our backyard. It is an x-large piece of slanty yard which just so happens to need a lot of TLC!

We knew what needed to be done first, excavation and a retaining wall. After several bids, we were able to pick a company to go with. There was just one problem. It was now the beginning of April and they were more than six weeks out (thanks to the help of Mother Nature!) Yikes, my dream backyard wouldn't take shape until the end of May!?!

Then last Thursday we got a call. They had a cancellation and asked if they could start work that day. We said of course! Which was good because they were already sitting in our drive way!

They waisted no time getting started.

We had to leave for a couple of hours and when we returned we found this,

A huge mountain of dirt, which the kids immediately started to climb on!

In those few hours, the digging was done and all the rocks had been delivered. We were so surprised.

They returned the next day to build the rock wall. We watched them work all day long! It was so fascinating watching them pick up each rock and strategically set it in its place. It was also so amazing that it was coming along so quickly!

It took a total of 11 hours to finish the project.

Here is what it looks like today (yes, that is snow you see on the ground! So sad.)

We have so much work left to do but I am so glad that the biggest part is all done and about 5 weeks earlier than we thought!


Angela said...

Cool, I can't wait to see it. :)

Marisa said...

Wow! Nice!

Alyssa Elledge said...

I LOVE IT!!! The stairs are so cute. I can't wait to see the finished product. What a fun (and hectic) project!!! :)

Kelley Rae said...

It looks great! How nice to have such a big backyard, it'll be so nice once it's done I'm sure!