I don't know what's come over me, but ever since we have decided to buy a new house in a couple of years I have been so motivated to do all of the little projects around the house that I never got around to before. I guess I just want to be able to enjoy them for a little while at least before we hand the keys over to someone else. (I sure am going to miss this little house.)
Since we don't have a garage (OMG, can you believe it), we walk from the sidewalk to the car and usually cut through the grass. This has bothered me for the 6 years that we've lived here. So I finally decided to do something about it.
Here's what I did:
First, I dug up the path enough to get all of the grass out. I piled it up there to the left because I thought a little elevation would look good there once the grass grew in.
Next, I laid down some paving sand, 3 bags. Then, I broke up my cement with a hammer and laid it out like a puzzle. The boys loved helping with this part (with safety glasses, of course).
After that I put two more bags of paving sand on top of the path and swept it into the cracks and joints.
- I should have dug down another couple of inches. It's hard when you have a three month old needing attention, though!
- I should have used steel edging to keep it together more, but I was trying to keep it cheap.
- I should have just used 1 1/2 bags of sand on top because I don't like the way there's so much on the sides. But I figured the rain would wash away the excess. It stormed last night, though, and it's still too sandy. Oh well. *_*
- I should have waited to take the final product pictures until grass grew in on the hill, but I'm pretty sure it will look great. I was eager to blog about it. :)
All in all I'm pretty happy with it. It just feels good to create and burn calories and be outside.