Bungalow construction - Outside work
Steve tried his hand at some brickwork to form the steps up to the front door of the bungalow. The sloping site meant that there was quite some height to be made up. The Building Inspector gave us advice on the appropriate width, height and depth of each tread to comply with "disabled access" requirements.
We put some timber edging alongside the driveway to form a border which Betsy immediately planted with shrubs. We then hired a fencing contractor to put a ranch-style fence along the boundary between the Bungalow site and the garden of our old home - we were getting close to putting the old house on the market and wanted it to be clear to prospective buyers where the boundary was. The fencing contractor also erected closed-board fencing along the side of the bungalow to comply with a Planning requirement and give us some privacy.
At long last the driveway, all the way from the stream to the road, was surfaced with tarmac' and once again it was pleasant to drive a car down it! At this stage we held back from putting down the final "wearing coat" because we had discovered a problem with the sewer connection and knew that some remedial work would be needed. Little did we know that once the remedial work was done and the final tarmac layed it would have to be dug up once again!!!
We used the remaining stone from the fireplace to build a small pier to mark the entrance to the property.
The area surrounding the bungalow was completed with block paving to the front and side, and with riven slabs at the rear.