View Full Version : Showed the guys the boss can build too!!!

08-10-2012, 01:54 AM
I decided to take on a backyard project at my house by myself without my guys and friends which I would have definatley taken in a heartbeat but it's amazing how everyone disappears until the need something. It took me a about 3 weeks from start to finish and some very late nights with spot lights out and a ton of hand blisters (my hands must have gotten soft) but I am happy with the end result. There are some flaws but only that I notice. I will admit I was a little rusty. But the guys were impressed and I think it gained their respect a bit and got my wife to quit bugging me why I can build something for everyone else but never for her.

08-10-2012, 02:04 AM
I forgot I did have some help by my 3 y/o even though he kept digging up my base. lol

08-10-2012, 07:54 AM
Looks awesome
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08-10-2012, 07:59 AM
Thanks for sharing.

08-10-2012, 01:26 PM
Why are your steps only 4" rise, don't you find that is a bit shallow?

08-10-2012, 01:47 PM
I was going to do 7 but I liked the look better with 4. I'm 5'9" with short legs and I cursed my five kids with the short disease so it's more comfortable. I wouldn't do this for a customer because of code and they are strict around here.
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08-10-2012, 07:46 PM
Not too bad for your own house but I wouldn't put the Brussels in the seat wall that far apart (verticle ones) and the joints are off on the wall under the deck. Also the steps as mentioned before. Fire pit looks good but what is it sitting on, it looks like it has Brussels under it spaced apart?

08-10-2012, 08:12 PM
Good eye on the pit and the wall. The pit is sitting on belgard 3 piece. I got to the point of cutting corners since it was my house and it was consuming me so I did'nt cut the base coarse. The wall under the deck was done with spot lights and caught the joints the next day after the glue was set so there was no way I was tearing that apart. The verts are 4" spacing. Thats personal preferance. I like the bigger spacing to make it more prominante. Like I said there are some flaws but as a solo project I'm pretty happy with it. To that point I hadn't placed a stone in over a year because Ive been so busy with the designs, bidding and business aspect so it was slow going for a bit.

08-10-2012, 11:21 PM
I like it. You guys are pretty fast to judgement though.

Side note - always good for the bossman to get out in the field and actually show the boys that yes I can!!

08-10-2012, 11:27 PM
I like it. You guys are pretty fast to judgement though.

Side note - always good for the bossman to get out in the field and actually show the boys that yes I can!!

I'm not really giving him crap for the job, I think it looks nice but it's always good to have your competitors point out flaws large or small. It's like a friendly competition to see who does the best work, it also helps you step up your quality on each job...if you care about your work?

08-11-2012, 12:05 AM
I think it looks good but I'm not a big fan on the layout. I understand you did the 4" steps because it s comfortable for you. My concern would be with guests, they are going to approach the steps assuming they are 7". Also what is the distance from the fire pit to the sitting wall? To me it looks like an uncomfortable distance, the wall is to far away from the pit to comfortably put your feet up, and also to close to put a chair.

08-11-2012, 02:13 AM
I had limited space left in the yard and wanted to do a lot in that space and get a long run in there for the basketball hoop I mounted on the wall for my son since we live on a busy street and cant play in the front without me being paranoid that hes going to run in the street. It started of as a patio and the step down fire pit area was an after thought. The pits on the big side which makes the area look smaller. Its about 6 and half feet across. At the narrowist point from the wall to the pit its 3 feet and on the sides its about 6 or 7. Its pretty tall to compared to what I normally build but since it was my place I wanted to do something I haven't seen around here with the verticles.

08-11-2012, 04:14 PM
couple questions of no real importance....is that the 3200 harbor freight compactor? is the blue spade a wolverine spade ? and is the yellow case a fast cap laser case

08-11-2012, 04:46 PM
Yes on the compactor and the spade. The laser is a spectra ll300.
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4 seasons lawn&land
08-11-2012, 08:00 PM
i lie that fence style construction. Save on material over doing a wall and I think it looks better.

08-11-2012, 08:06 PM
Thanks. That was one of the reasons I went with the fencing. I used 800 block all together and 600 sq ft of pavers so I was trying to cut down on materials a bit since I wasn't making money on it. It has sold two jobs to people that have seen it from the street behind so i guess I would claim it as an advertising expense
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Glenn Lawn Care
08-13-2012, 08:14 PM
Looks really good!

08-15-2012, 12:03 AM
Its really unique man, good job. How stable are the walls though. It kind of looks like you could kick it over. Not trying to bash your work, I just do not understand how it is held together

09-25-2012, 12:19 AM
the walls are held with glue and unreal strong. I was always a skeptic of it but you could push as hard as you want and they wont budge. It was tested after a few beers around the fire pit. I build a few years ago using the glue and they are still like the day I left. I'm a big fan of the glue.