Skip to content

Stone walkway – petit a petit…

June 1, 2010

Chers Amis,

Work on the front walkway continues despite torrential rains.  It is finally taking shape.  Weekend before last we manged to add and tamp the crush and run and sand base. This weekend, in between storms, we arranged the stone for the walk itself.  Yesterday we lifted, straightened, and leveled all the border stones(rubbles) on the left hand side.  We will have to do the same for the right side and then level the walk stones themselves, one by one.  This would be SO much easier if the weather would cooperate! It will look so nice once it is done and we have a chance to clean up and landscape.  Un de ces jours…

Dh did also finish excavating and installing the pipe from the rain gutter.  You can just see the tip of the black pipe coming off the white downspout and disappearing beneath the walk.  If you look at the big white bag of sand at the bottom left of the picture you can see a streak of gray drainage rock.  It covers the pipe and leads to a deep trench which will eventually be filled with river rock and serve both as edging for the front shade garden bed and a ‘dry river bed’ that will channel the run off down the hill and away from the walk and house.

He also installed a pipe right under the stone walk where it meets the mortared landing.  You can see the gray gravel covering the pipe.  It is a little different as it was a PVC pipe (@8-10ft) with holes on the top.  We wrapped it in landscaping fabric to discourage dirt from entering the pipe and set it in a gravel lined trench.  Now when the it rains and the water inevitably pools at the bottom, the water soaks through the sand base, into the pipe and flows out into the yard. I wish I had taken a picture yesterday, the amount of water pouring down was astounding.  The drainage pipes worked beautifully, but we still have far too much water running down the gravel drive onto the concrete. In turn it is flowing through my front flower bed like a creek!  When we finish the front walk and the kitchen we will have to see about installing a pipe or gutter on the drive.

They are supposed to start doing the construction on the kitchen a week from tomorrow so we have SO much to do.  St. Joseph, I’m counting on you!


4 Comments leave one →
  1. hélène permalink
    June 1, 2010 12:50 pm

    vos travaux sont toujours aussi impressionnants. Mais quand vous reposez vous ?

  2. June 1, 2010 2:52 pm

    Aussitôt que vous serez arrivées 🙂

  3. June 5, 2010 11:01 am

    Hey Marjorie, the home improvements are breathtaking!! Quick question what did you guys do with your rain barrels?

  4. June 5, 2010 11:45 am


    We still have the rain barrel, we just moved it back where we had it originally down by the dog’s pen on the front right of the house (at the far edge of the front porch). With all the rain we have had lately I am glad that it is not next to the front of the house anymore, it fills so quickly! We were outside this morning evening up the border and starting to do the final leveling and setting of the walk itself. What a HUGE improvement!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s