Sadly, this week, I don't have any photos...but I've got something better:
A CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE!!!
Okay, perhaps I'm overplaying the excitement a little. However, I've noticed a direct relationship between setting a schedule and things actually getting done. Like most people, I'd imagine I'm fairly deadline driven.
My overall goal is a lofty one, I want my courtyard done by Labor Day so I can actually throw a party by the time summer ends. Of course, for those of you who live in SoCal, you know that summer really extends until October -- so I'm giving myself a bit room. Here's the schedule:
This week: Paint inside of new fence (more than a trivial job when you count primer + 2 coats)
Week of July 20th: Complete trenching for new irrigation, low-voltage lining, hose bibs, sprinkler control lines.
Week of July 27th: Actually install sprinklers, timer, low-voltage wiring, and outdoor outlet.
Week of August 3rd: Build and install custom trellises
Week of August 10th: Remove old bricks and grade for new pavers. Install and compact sand.
Week of August 17th: Install new pavers and rocks
Week of August 24th: Plants and odds-n-ends
As of right now I'm about 70% complete with painting the fence.
Am considering hiring out the grading, sand placement, and compacting. Since my paver pattern is a bit artistic and unique, I definitely want to do that myself.
Also, at some point I *do* need to finish the front plantings in front of the new fence.