We Have Concrete!

Our new driveway is amazing! The whole process of the pour started at 6:30 am Saturday morning!


No more uneven path to trip on…


The side patio. Steps will be built coming down from the kitchen. You can also see our beautiful new fence take shape! Nothing grows in this area due to the high shade so it will be a nice shaded patio area.

Side patio

Room to pull out a car and do a three-point-turn. Thanks, City of Pasadena! ;-/ Glad you have silly rules about not being able to back out of your driveway onto the street! Other than that- we love you!



The finished product!


Dirt road

Not much has happened with the driveway since the last update. Workers have been at the house prepping our new fence by ripping out ivy, digging post holes and laying the foundation for the posts. There’s still plenty of dirt to move out to make way for a smooth, even drive up to the garage, so we anticipate the pour coming late this week or early next week.

Dirt Road

Fence materials

The wood’s been moved to the backyard already, so we basically have a glorified dirt path where the driveway used to be. What remains of the original concrete is piled against the tree in the front.

Chain link

The north facing side of the house looks like a tornado blew through because of the fence prepwork. Notice the see-through nature of the fence? That’s because we tore out all of the old bamboo fencing. We can’t wait for the privacy the new fence will afford!

Goodbye Driveway

The final phase of construction is underway, as men came this morning and started to remove the old driveway. Expediting things was the overall shoddy state of said driveway – instead of a full concrete pad, it was separate concrete tiles straddling a “grass” island (in quotes because grass seldom grew there). Here’s how it looked as on 8:15 this morning:


The new driveway will hug closer to the fence to accommodate new steps coming down from the laundry. Those large bushes on the left will be torn out but we’ll keep some space for the garbage cans. The neighbors will be happy to see those leave the front yard!