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Posted by Mary in PA on 10/7/2010

With the building up and the tin on, it was time to finish the gravel drive/park area. In the months that have passed since we put in the driveway circle we’ve had all sorts of traffic; cement trucks, lumber trucks, trucks carrying hydraulic lifts, and even the odd horse, cow and fox. Four-legged critters aside, whenever we had a chance, we asked the drivers how they found the layout and if they had any suggestions on how to make it better. The circle (60’ inside diameter) was a pretty good size it seemed, but the turn from the building parking area to the main driveway was too tight for easy use. We decided to bite the bullet and make it right by adding another eight feet or so to the existing twelve foot width. We also decided to add a subtle swale alongside the lean-to shed to help move stormwater past the building and down the grassy area in the bowl.


In addition to the finish work, I wanted to redo the grading on the south and west walls. The excavator had left it much too high and too close to the sill plate. I believe the main factor that lead to this result was a lack of communication with the crew, as I described in an earlier post. Live and learn. And in that spirit, I made it a point when scheduling this work with “the (excavator) boss” to ask him if he would be on site, and if not, who would be the one in charge. At first he said that he didn’t plan to be on site, but then quickly changed his mind and said he would be out to get the job going and then named the man that would be in charge after that. I thanked him and said that would be great.


On the appointed day, John and I got to the site early to see a beautiful sunrise over our newly-baled hay and to do a bit of prep removing downspouts, clearing the work area, etc. We were ready and waiting when the excavator (boss and crew) showed up. We had a walkabout with the boss to tell (and show, as I had prepped a diagram) how/what we wanted done and to get his ideas on a few items. The boss then met with the crew to let them know the plan before he hopped into his truck on the way to another job. The crew set about their work while John and I tended to some young trees we’re nursing along. The head guy asked us a few questions throughout the day and had check their work before they left. It went really well - excellent results, low stress, good working relationships. I will try to use this method in the future with other contractors – where I let it be known ahead of time that I expect to be able to review the plan for the work (on-site) before work begins and that I want to know who my point of contact will be on-site during the work.


Sunrise over round bales.
Bales go to neighbor farm on hill.
Park area before work.
Scrape off soil and compact.
Large stones over geotextile.
New section to make turns easier.
Add smaller stone, compact.
Trim geotextile & finished.
Drainage slope away from doors.
A few days later, the subtle swale visible after rain.
Before: South wall, backfill too high.
After: Backfill lower, and slopes away from drive/park area and building.
After: Parge coat in color to blend with siding now visible.

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