We’ve had workers in the backyard for a week and a half now, and they have made a lot of progress! The plan is for a long roofed patio to be constructed next to the house, and grass in the rest. Sounds simple, but it’s not. We need to maintain the slope towards the drain, reroute drainage from our other courtyard, and various other tasks.
We are using salvaged column bases, columns, and vigas. New tile will sit on top of the vigas, and concrete with imperazante coating on top of that. We’ll use colored concrete tile for the patio floor and get some new lighting, too.
At the top is a picture just after they started.
And then they cut holes in the concrete to pour the footings for the five posts.
Below is a picture of the beams that go into the wall that will hold crosswise
beams that the vigas will rest on.
Below is a picture of the length of the wall. They poured a new slab but someone
must have not been thinking and they are going to have to come back and remove the handrail!
The windows on this side leak because of the drain pipes being positioned right over them, so I look
forward to the shade and the shelter from the rain. You can see some of the salvage ebony
posts and vigas, too.
Below is a close up of the posts. They’ll be scraped and filled and beautiful.
Below is a close up of one of the bases. They only found two the same, so three
have been made out of concrete using these as a form.
Below is a pile of vigas that will be used in the project.
As you can imagine, we are excited about what we have seen already. We’ll be visiting a little old man who makes the concrete tiles in his garage sometime soon. We are planning the field tile in a terra cotta color set on the diagonal, with a border around that of blue and another border of terra cotta, kind of like a rug.
I’ll do another update in a couple of weeks.