day 2: major progress

Who needs Good Friday when you can have Amazingly Awesome Friday, like we had today?

First things first. David finished plumbing the rainwater collection system, connecting the anti-backflow valve and laying the overflow pipe into a bed of gravel in the trench that was dug yesterday. Looks crazy, doesn’t it?

water collection overflow piping for runoff

Then the overflow piping got covered in crushed stone and the trench was backfilled with dirt…

gravel atop overflow

The piping trench alongside the house got brought back up to grade with dirt…

side yard and veggie garden soil spread

Then the gravel bed for that 2′ buffer around the house got spread. Eventually, we’ll add galvanized steel edging to hold and define it, then this buffer will get topped off with smooth, black beach pebbles (3rd house down at link for example)…

gravel buffer added on side yard

At the back of the house, the patio area was readied for a bed of crushed stone…


Crushed stone was spread to about 6″ deep today. This will form the bed for the concrete strips to be poured some day in the not too distant future…

gravel gets spread for patio bed

The world’s most awesome worker bees raking out all that gravel…

patio and backyard buffer gravel get spread

Have I mentioned lately how much I love you guys?

full buffer view

With the upper level done, the boys moved down to the storage area under the patio and dug that out a few inches in preparation for tomorrow’s loam arrival…

storage zone gets prepped

And with that, the day was done.

Tomorrow, a tad more grading, loam spreading and erosion control matting will get secured to the front slope. See you then!

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4 Responses to “day 2: major progress”

  1. Story says:

    Fierce Savage love.

  2. john says:

    Worker bees are gals, not guys.

  3. Brook says:

    really? I thought they were dudes? guess you’d know better than I seeing as you just took a bee class. how about Killer Bees… can Killer Bees be guys?

  4. netluger says:

    While it can be a pain on the site erosion control is important to protect gorundwater supplies.