Yesterday, our concrete guy showed up, as promised. We walked around the place looking at the three main areas to be worked on: The back patio, the front driveway approach, and the in-fill needed in the side patio which had to be removed to install the stairwell.<br />n<br />nIt’s all pretty straightforward, with his biggest concern being how the piers for the supports of the covered patio would look in the end. We reassured him that we were going to wrap the posts, and the new, but existing, concrete piers, with kild dried, pre-primed exterior trim wood, so he didn’t have to worry about it.<br />n<br />nThe stoop coming from the back slider door is going to be bigger than it was before, going from the line of the halfway point of the window, all the way to the end of the house. It will also have a bit of a curve to it to soften it up a bit.<br />n<br />nThe front driveway will be sloped to allow drainage away from the structure. I also flagged that we intend to install a gate and fence across the front patio approach, so once the concrete is poured, he’ll need to insert a Simpson strong tie that will anchor a fence post into the slab. All sounds good, and he’s been pretty easy to work with.<br />n<br />nAt the end of the work day, the old back stoop had been removed along with the piers that held up the old trellis patio cover.<br />n<br />nToday, he and his guy showed up around 9AM and after delivering instructions, his guy started to excavate the three areas and begin to build the forms.<br />n<br />nHe’s expecting to pour on Thursday, so I’ll need to take a work at home day on Thursday.