Another part of our renovation is the replacement of our driveway and front walk/patio. The driveway has been disintegrating for years, and the front walk was cracked and uneven.
Step one was to remove the old concrete, a noisy activity that took most of a day.
The concrete guys working hard to remove the old front walk.
The old, badly cracked front walk is no more.
The old concrete has been removed from the driveway and a grid of rebar added.
On the second day, rain delayed the start of concrete pouring, but the guys made up for lost time.
Many wheelbarrow loads were needed to bring the concrete where it was needed.
Using a screed to smooth the front walk.
Smoothing out the new driveway — a painstaking job.
Outside the new back door of our home, the contractor poured a sloping concrete pad to make exiting the house easier.
Back door pad being prepared for concrete.
Concrete poured for the back door pad.
It’s been a long time since we last posted. Mainly we have been moving into the new and remodeled parts of the house and have just been too exhausted to update this blog!
Our new bathroom is a joy. As a reminder, we gutted the original master bath and enlarged it to include a new accessible shower.
Speaking of the shower, here it is!
The new shower works great!
The tile expert from our builder constructed the built-in seat (inside the shower) with a slight downward pitch so that it sheds water toward the drain. Outside the shower, the teak transfer seat is a great place to sit while drying off after showering. It folds up against the wall if necessary, but so far we have left it in the “down” position.
The shower controls are easily reached from the seat. The small upper control is a diverter that sends the flow of water to either the handheld shower head or to the main shower head on the left (not pictured). The sturdy grab bar doubles as a handy holder for wash clothes.
Looking back into the main part of the master bath, we have a nice new tub that we probably won’t use very often. It’s gorgeous, but we both prefer showering.
We may never use the new bathtub, but it’s beautiful nevertheless.
The mosaic tile trim around the tub matches the trim in the shower.
The master bath has a double vanity with a “tower” in the middle to store toiletries.
Double vanity with storage tower.
The toilet features a curvy grab bar and a storage cubby — a good place to stash reading material.
Toilet with curved grab bar and storage cubby.