February 27 was our official start day, diving into the 2013 season with a nice hardscaping project involving a dryset flagstone walkway and bluestone steppers.
It’s always good to hit the ground running with a nice project, and even nicer to get some of those cobwebs out and work out the kinks after a few months of office work. I have to be honest, as excited as I am at the end of each season looking forward to winter break, I’m nearly just as excited to be back at it after a layoff.
We’re fresh, we’re ready, and we’ve got a lot of pent-up enthusiasm for tackling new projects. Day 1 of this project involved hand-digging out the location on the hillside for the five bluestone steppers, and the remainder of the 225 square-foot pathway. After only two days the digging was complete, the dumpster was nearly full, and we were already moving gravel in to begin setting the steps. Nothing like being fresh!
Not that early spring work isn’t without its challenges. Once the steps were set and the base prep was complete, the forecast began calling for snow. Significant snow in the form of 6 to 10 inches. We got to a good stopping point, buttoned up the site and prepared for the worst.
Thankfully, the forecast was wrong, and the temperatures were just warm enough that the precipitation was all rain. Nasty cold windy rain for sure, but at least we didn’t have to deal with 10 inches of snow!
Spring just wouldn’t be spring without a little bit of precipitation in just about any form, and a very moody attitude in general from the weather. But it’s nothing we haven’t dealt with before. We carry on. And after just a few more days of work, the project was completed and the client thrilled to get their project finished in time for spring.
And the 1st project of the season is now under the belt. We’re now off to start a composite deck construction, and then a fence, and then a patio, and then …well there’s a whole bunch more projects in the works. Game on 2013!