As I mentioned in my last post, when I found a house that had been properly maintained (and had a roof), I was willing to overlook some major cosmetic flaws. Number one on that list of flaws: the orange, paved front yard. The house itself was painted yellow, not a subtle yellow, but YELLOW. Painting the house a pale gray took it down a notch but there was still so much...orange. So I knew that most of that concrete had to go.
Initially I thought I would tear out the entire right side, leaving a driveway that fits one car on the left and a walkway to the front door. The plan was to then install a second driveway on the right and put in some sod to create a proper yard.
Some inspiration I stuck on my Pinterest:
But then I got a few estimates.
Turns out it's not that cheap to just "put in" a driveway. So upon some further brainstorming I decided that since I already had the concrete, I might as well just cut out the parts I didn't want. So I decided to tear out the center, which left a driveway on either side and instead of putting in sod to create a traditional yard, I decided to pull some inspiration from my years living in Boston and create more of a front garden space.
Now, I'm a pretty hands on person but there are some things I won't do. Concrete work is one of those things. So I hired someone to do it (which oddly enough felt like a really big step for me).
I marked where I wanted the concrete cut and he used a saw to literally cut it out (see top right photo). Then he got the jack-hammer and spent the rest of the day chiseling out the entire middle section.
At the end of the day, this is what we were left with. I had to hire a separate team to haul it away (which was a whole other nightmare that maybe I'll share another time) but I felt like such a weight had been lifted once it was all done. To me, that paved front lawn was one of the biggest things that held me back from truly loving this house but figuring out how to fix it was so daunting. So I guess the point of this is that hiring someone to do the things you're not confident about (and let's be honest, probably not physically capable of doing) is well worth it. The other point is that I don't think I'll be adding concrete removal to my list of talents. Not yet anyway.