I never got back to give updates during the process.
Life gets in the way.
But I did take the time to photograph the evolution of the replacement.
After all of the old brick wall and block wall came down and was carted away
(almost 2 large dumpsters loads) it was time to get busy building the new wall.
This time it got built correctly. The blocks were cemented in place,
rebar was used, french drains and gravel were used.
Peaches kept a close eye on the progress.
This slowed the patio expansion down for two days.
Three men spent two days trading off using the jackhammer until this
VW-sized boulder was slowly chipped away.
The stairs were widened at Jesse's suggestion.
Brick ties were installed.
(The old wall didn't have any brick ties!
Nothing holding the brick and block together.
No gravel behind the block.
Drunk monkeys built the old wall.)
All of the voids of the block were filled with concrete.
This wall isn't going anywhere!
The brick went up quickly.
The new wall looks so much better!
The new stairs are so nice and roomy!
The attention to detail is terrific.
No brick holes stuffed full of concrete here.
Jesse suggested the brick pad at the top of the stairs.
He surprised me with the cool design.
Just because I am a nice lady.
I really grew fond of this family while they were here.
How often can you say that about a contractor you've hired?
I would hire them again in a minute!