The Wharf

It’s been a busy few months…Jim got called out in November to work his first storm as an independent insurance adjuster. He spent 34 days away, working in a call center up north. It was tough having him gone, but we appreciated the positive cash flow 🙂

Before he left, he managed to tackle a nice project – we call it “The Wharf”. We wanted to put a fire pot down by the creek, but the ground is really sloped there. We had a bunch of concrete pavers left over from our garden in Orlando, although they were 2 different sizes. We came up with a design that used them all, plus we had to go buy more to have enough to complete the project.

Jim started by staking out the area.

The Wharf 1

The Wharf 2

Next he removed the sod and leveled the dirt for the walkway.

The Wharf 3

The Wharf 4

Jim laid down weed block and started placing pavers.

The Wharf 5

The Wharf 6

Next he began working on the pad for the firepot.

The Wharf 7

We had to make a trip to Home Depot to pick up a load of Oldcastle 12 in. x 8 in. Concrete Garden Wall Blocks. When they lowered the pallet of blocks into the bed of Jim’s dually, I thought all four back tires would blow out!

The Wharf 6

He began laying the retaining wall blocks, gradually filling in the dirt and the pavers.

The Wharf 7

The Wharf 8

The Wharf 9

>The Wharf 10

Jim managed to fill in most of the area with dirt he removed from a high spot in the lawn. However, we still had to truck in a little dirt to finish the project. And the finished result is:

The Wharf 11

We broke it in with a nice batch of s’mores 🙂 The Wharf is also a great place just to sit and watch the creek, plus Jim finds it a nice spot to sit and fish.

About donnahuebsch

I'm a wife, a mom to an unschooling teenager, an animal lover, an artsy craftsy kind of person, & a DIYer. We're embarking on our BIGGEST do-it-yourself project yet - renovating an entire house!
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