OK, it’s been awhile since my last submission. It’s been busy this summer ~ the real estate market is definitely picking up! That’s good news for many; soon it may be a good time to sell again.
So back to the yard overhaul. After we answered our big three remodeling questions we interviewed four vendors, discussed our options and made our selection. We chose Outside Living Concepts as our landscape remodeling contractor. Two of the things that made us lean toward this company were the comprehensive architectural drawing they provided complete with the placement of every plant, walkway, curbing and rock. It greatly helped as it’s sometimes tough to envision the full scope/layout of where things will go. Also, they laid out what would happen from day-to-day so it was easier to track.
We also picked that company because we didn’t want to deal with crews not showing up, delays in the project because of ‘other’ jobs or just plain being late. Their references checked out and while we paid more going this route, it was good to have a contractor to go to when things weren’t exactly right. It worked well and the crews showed up at 5:30am each day as promised and left by 2pm to beat the heat. We knew exactly what they would be doing each day so it made it a little easier for us to manage. There were definitely a few issues along the way but that’s to be expected in just about any remodeling job.
The first day was dedicated to demo. Bob and his crew from Southwest Pavestone arrived bright and early. We had torn out the above ground spa the weekend before (check out the photo of my ‘pre-demo’ crew) so they demo’d the concrete hot tub pad, two walkways, removed and trimmed a few very large cacti, ripped out a brick border and a stamped concrete curb. They were in and out pretty quickly and all very professional. I especially liked Bob who was the one who took on the very mature cacti in our yard! (Side note, drape your patio furniture during a yard remodel because it will be covered in dust/dirt).
The main lesson from Day 1 was to keep an eye on everything that was going on to make sure only those plants meant for demo were taken out, to give input on how to shape the cactus that underwent a serious haircut and make sure nothing that was meant to stay was taken out.
After that first day we were set for the landscape crew to come in on Day 2 for all the prep work and first phase of transplanting to begin.