The following is a chronological photo
testimonial from one of our satisfied homeowners.
FYI. . .an interesting project and some
documentation of it for your records.
After living with
painted cement on our
front driveway for 6 years, we decided to rip it up and have pavers
laid. Much more aesthetic and much more durable.
began Monday with a bobcat came to rip up the cement, all 1200 square
feet. What a mess!
Shirley’s car and the
golf cart were left
in neighbors’ driveways because there was no way to drive over this
the ground had to be prepared and compacted, which is all
labor-intensive. These guys were incredibly hard workers.
Gradually the land was sufficiently
compacted and prepared with sand to begin laying the brick.
Two guys supplied the
pavers and two actually
positioned each paver.
They measured and
moved their plumb lines to
make it fit perfectly. The color is called Victorian blend and
the indentation in the
paver is called a Bergerac style, which is
similar to cobblestone in France.
What was interesting
about our crew, usually
three, was their lunch break, which occurred around 11:30 for half an
hour. They brought a big (old) microwave and warmed their
enchiladas for lunch. They had a bottle of the hottest (muy
caliente) salsa which covered their food. I really enjoyed
speaking Spanish with them. They had some English, but really
were glad to speak Spanish with me.
This is our team of
look so young, but the guy on the right has a daughter who is 15.
They finished at noon today and I took a picture.
on the left is from the state of Guerrero, which is quite south in
Mexico, next to Chiapas (Cancun), and the other two are from Sonora,
our neighboring Mexican state. All have green cards and
work permits to be here. Such hard and skilled workers.
We tipped them for their work and thanked them.
So here is the
finished product. Doesn’t
make the house worth any more, but we surely like it. Next new
house (yeah, sure!), we’ll
just have the pavers done from the
Oh, by the way, it’s only money (solamente