Sunday, June 6, 2010

Gazebo Update 2

The gazebo took a small step forward this week. Hubby started laying out the stones and block that will become the foundation of the building. It’s a slow process, though with lots of pauses to consider the progress. The neighbours must have been wondering what was burning in our yard, but little did they know that it was just the smoke pouring out of Hubby’s ears as he tried to revise his plans in his head!

We have decided that there will be a space of about five feet between the little daylily garden beside the deck and the side of the gazebo. This will allow ample room to drive the John Deere through on grass-cutting day and keep the shadows from completely blacking out the plants.

Getting this gap the right size took some time. We had planned to attach the gazebo directly to the existing deck which would have meant that it would be closer. Now that the gazebo is free-standing we need to be able to drive the lawn tractor through this space.

After that decision was made he started to insert and level the patio stones which will spread out the weight of the gazebo over a larger area. Our backyard has a lot of gradients and the area we picked to put this building is actually one of the steepest parts. Hopefully, we will figure this out correctly so that we don’t wake up some morning to find that the gazebo has slid down to the vegetable garden.

The first two foundation blocks have been planted and aligned.

The footing blocks have been put, more or less in their proper location.

Hubby managed to set the two front blocks and temporarily align most of the others before the rain started again. At least with the first of the materials bought and put in place we are actually going to build this thing this summer. We’ll keep you updated as we go along!

This is as far as we got before the rain started up again.


Gill - That British Woman said...

getting everything square and level is the most important job, so it pays to take your time.


~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I think you're off to a good start, and I'm anxious to see this whole project come together!

Canadian Saver said...

I can't wait to see this finished! hope you get it done early enough to enjoy it this summer :-)

Sisters of the Blog said...

I agree with Gill wholeheartedly!

It looks like it'll be delightful when it's done!


The Witch said...

Thank you all for the encouragement. Hopefully, we be sitting in there by August!