Five years ago when we bought out house, we paid little attention to the front walk, not noticing the terrible concrete job and they fact that it was barley holding together. We were charmed by the house, but it didn’t take long before the foundation-less walkway was heaving and the steps were too uneven for the most sure footed person to ascend without getting tripped up. So we ripped it out and have been living without for nearly two years. Our logic went that no walkway was better than a dangerous one and since we primarily used our garage entrance, it was OK for a while.
Do you ever have tolerance for something and then all of the sudden…like instantly, it runs out. That is what happened with the walkway. I was living without, prioritizing other house projects and then suddenly, the walkway just had to be dealt with. Being in the design field though, I tend to be my own worst client. I can’t make a decision, I put insane pressure on myself to make designs for my own home that are so much better than anything I could come up with for someone else, all the while questioning my every choice. Designing for me is definitely most difficult.
Finally, I came across this quartzite that I liked because it is similar in color to the stone foundation of my home. The 24″ squares allowed me to play around with a pebble mosaic pattern that I have wanted to try my hand at for some time.
I am not entirely happy with it, but I have never once been completely happy with any project like this that I do for myself. I really hate that I am such a perfectionist that I can’t be truly happy with my own handiwork…It’s just that I know where all the flaws are…
There is a lot left to do on this project. Planting. Reseeding the grass. Anchoring the sand. And of course…the path leads to no where…since the stairs (which will hook to the right and be constructed of Ipe just like the front steps) still have to be done…. it’s an ongoing process. What did you do in the garden this labor day weekend? Did you create anything amazing?
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