Thanksgiving looms. Thanksgiving looms large. We had two major projects to finish before family arrives. The first was the small bathroom, and the second was the landing between the primary fence posts. The weather was lovely last week, so we flipped these and went after the landing first.
Let me put up a picture with the area in question mapped out for clarity:
That purple area is a slope which somebody decided to cover in bags and bags and BAGS of driveway gravel for traction. It wasn’t an unmanageable slope, but the slope and the gravel didn’t do anyone any favors by being there, so they had to go. Brown and I got started last weekend by carving out the space for the landing and roughing up the dig site, and from Monday through Friday I cut out the rest and hauled dirt
By Saturday, we had achieved had a nice, flat landing about 15 feet long and 5 feet wide. The cut was 9 inches down at its deepest point, but since the slope didn’t start out being level it was only about 5 inches down at its shallowest point.
(I should mention this is also part of the drainage project, as the overall angle of the slope pointed down towards our house, specifically at our basement. Leveling this area has changed the path of the water, but probably not in a way that will solve the worst of the flooding.)