It was a whirlwind week and we’ll show you in photos how the week progressed:
Monday: by the end of the day we had the decking, but no stairs and rail. I had to find a set of old stairs to get the dogs off the deck safely (see behind the dogs). I also had to use leads some of the time because they didn’t see any reason not to tear out the door and dive off the deck any old place (not a good idea for two arthritic dogs and one with bad knees)! Luckily we only had to play the game of guiding them to the stairs for one night.
By the end of Tuesday, we had the rail and the stairs!
Wednesday, they finished putting lattice work on that side of the deck, to keep the dogs in without having the chain link fencing there. Once that was done they’d be able to start moving the fencing. They got the first gate secured to the deck, and got started putting the posts in for the yard. You can kind of see in the photo how they had to tie the other panels together temporarily.
Our contractors are so great! They GET us. They know we’re all about our dogs and they did everything they could to keep things convenient for us. Every night when they left we still had a secure place to take the dogs out to. The gates would be closed so I could let the dogs out. We had one contractor in the past who constantly left gates open and our beagle Kobi got out one time (luckily he didn’t go far). When they completed the deck stairs I commented that they were wider than I thought they were going to be. “Well, we wanted to make sure it was wide enough for both you and the dogs to go down at the same time.” 🙂
Also, after completing the deck, they were supposed to go do another job and then our main contractor was going on vacation (his brother works with him). My hubby asked if there was any way they could get our fence done enough so we could use it before he left. The Dadz explained that the dogs were getting antsy and really needed more space to run (totally true!). They kindly put the other job off (it was on a seasonal home so not urgent). These are the same guys who came through for us when we needed last minute help moving because we thought our sale had fallen through and we weren’t going to be moving. They are just really great guys.
By Thursday afternoon, the dogs were out running in their new yard! They had a blast just sniffing around and exploring every inch of it. There was still a bit more work to be done the next day but it was usable. My sister was over Thursday evening and we even got to throw the ball a few times (before the bugs drove us indoors). The fencing you see in the foreground of the below photo still needed to be moved. We did something cool with those panels which we’ll share when we give you the full tour of the new yard later this week.
They still need to come back after vacation and finish up the gates. There are two other gates in there but they’re just closed off now because they ran out of the parts they needed (and time). They also will be coming back to put in a half moon window above the slider. The window that was there that you can see in the first photos had been leaking (which we didn’t find out until they tore the house apart for the door!).
This yard is not as big as the one at our old house; but it is still plenty big for lots of running and ball playing. We even got the Chuck It* out!
We’re looking forward to a quiet week this week with no construction, just enjoying the yard and our usual routines!
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