In today’s episode of “Building the Empire,” I present to you: the transformative magic of concrete!
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Hardscaping in Palm Springs
It’s amazing what hardscaping can do. It can transform a dirt pit into a serene space of possibilities. In Palm Springs, when you say hardscaping, it’s most likely the case that you’re talking about concrete. The traditional “look” in Palm Springs is wide expanses of white concrete slabs, interspersed with pool loungers and side tables topped with glistening ice-cold martinis and mimosas.
We’ve been trying to achieve this for the past month or so in our Palm Springs vacation home. Unfortunately, we were stymied first by permitting, then by Omicron itself. A breakout of Covid in our renovation crew put everything on hold for a couple of weeks. Then the city inspector assigned to our house also got Covid. This definitely slowed things down.
The dirt pit
For the past month or two, the backyard of our Palm Springs vacation home has been a dirt pit. We had most of the plants and grass bulldozed off to make way for the pool. After that got put into place, our team dug trenches all over the place for the pool supply lines, irrigation, and the sewer line repair.
On our most recent visit, we were literally hopping around, trying not to fall into the trenches. Here’s an example of one of the trenches, stuffed full of important looking tubing and wires.
The concrete jungle
This past week, my Ring cameras notified me to some early morning activity. When I logged on, I was overjoyed to see the concrete pumper truck.
Later in the day checked in via our backyard camera, and I saw that the dirt pit had been transformed into a hardscaped canvas, ready for outdoor furniture. The team also added the coping to the pool, giving it a much more finished look.
It looks a bit cold and gray right now, but I think it’ll look nicer once fully dry.
The next step
The concrete needs a few days to cure, but we are excited to start finishing the backyard with outdoor furniture and plants. When the pool is finished and the plants are in place, I think it’ll look quite appealing.
I’ll keep you up to date on the developments!
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