The bench has arrived! Most of the irrigation is also installed. Only a bit left to do before the final steps.
Today the irrigation installation began. All that level land was trenched, the plumber ran his lines, the control box was mounted, and the crew cleaned up with such attention that the crew manager was picking chunks of dirt off the sidewalk with his bare hands. More irrigation installation tomorrow.
The crew finalized a lot of beds and installed the metal edging today. The plumber comes tomorrow to get the hookups ready for the irrigation system. The irrigation crew came by and flagged the yard which denotes where junctions, nozzles, and lines will be placed. We also have decided to have a tree service come and address our silver maple out front.
Geno came by the house early this morning and as always, was awesome. He was able to answer all of our questions and put all of our concerns (read: nervousness) to rest. The post will have trim below the bench that will cover the parts that didn’t look perfect, the post will be stained so this color will not be the final color, and all else is now wonderful in postville (not the Iowa kind). As we met, his crew appeared and began working on the grading. I had to run to work, but Dana documented all day–including the arrival and installation of the boulders. Photos follow.
The initial installation of the post occurred today. There were a couple of issues. First, it was unclear when the installer was going to do the installation. Even after a call to our architect/GM Geno who immediately (Geno is always wonderful, accessible and on top of things) called the installer and reported back that the installer was on his way and would arrive in about 15 minutes. Dana waited around for a final hour and when the installer still didn’t show, she went to run her errands and hit the gym. When she returned she found the initial phase of the post installation completed but there were some issues with that as well. First, the color is a bit harsh against the bricks. Second, the bottom of the post, as it connects with the base, is chipped and it is not clear yet how much of it will be visible after the trim that will cover that base is installed. Finally, there is a gash missing out of one side of the post. Dana spoke with Geno who said he would come by first thing tomorrow morning to meet with us about it. Even with the issues, however, it is clear that the post is going to add visual drama (in a positive way) to the front of the house. More on the post in future posts.
After years of struggling with the front yard, we finally gave up. Grading was wrong, drainage was wrong, weeds ruled, the grass was fading, and we had no automated irrigation. We’ve also struggled with the ugliness of the front of the house since we purchased it now a handful of years ago. It was time to make the front of our home worth visiting. We hired Geno Finamore, a brilliant landscape architect at creativexteriors here in Denver, to inspire us and he came through. We approved the plan this weekend and will soon hear when we are scheduled to break ground (and I do mean break–it is about as dry as can be imagined). More details to follow!