This year, we started in March trying to get it fixed, with the goal being to have it re-built before the June-soon season. As I posted here, the re-grading, and only the re-grading, got done. And it got finished 3 days before the rains and flooding started.
Was the fact that the yard was in the shape it was a contributing factor to our flooding? We doubt it. It could have been at first, but then the groundwater came up so high that my basement was leaking from all points, and in fact the re-grading was steering a lot of water around my house.
Still, we needed the retaining wall re-done and the pavers re-installed to complete our yard, and our landscaper dudes finished that project this week. They started it while I was hiding in the basement painting (or mudding or drywalling -- it's all just a blur).
Step 1 was for yet another backhoe to show up and dig even more things in my yard.
|The retaining wall starts|
|Siding cut to height|
|Steps being removed|
|Steps being built|
|More or less finished|
|Hammering down the gravel base|
|The first pavers go down|
|The new patio|
|The finished side|
|A tidy corner|
|Bye bye worker bees|
And now we are virtually done. We need to re-build the step we tore off, and there's still the small matter of my water remaining contaminated. The latter should be taken care of this week. We still need to plant some trees and restore the fence, but that's our problem, not some hired contractor who won't show up.
So after almost 2 years of worker dudes continually visiting my house, I can safely say: we're done.