I'm a pretty rectilinear guy. [Which of you immediately thought: "Yup, Square"?] I think in rows and columns. A 90 degree angle is called "right" for a reason. The earth may be round...and natural things tend to have curves. But, plumb lines, squares and levels are the traditional tools of builders. That said, I agreed that the sidewalks that will define the paths to walk around 3283 could have some curves to them. The longest sections would be straight, but corners would be rounded and walkways adjacent to the porches would also have curves.
I guess the concrete trade has given in to curved construction. Mike had some really cool plastic forms that could be bent to the shapes we wanted. I am proud to say Bobbie allowed me to be here alone with the contractor to decide on the final 'curvy' shapes.
|Mike dropped off this equipment yesterday.|
|The first curve gets shaped along the north side of the front walk.|
|A much more complex curve shaped the south west edge of the front walk.|
|The west walk curves into the long straight walk on the south of the cottage.|
|Initial form work from the existing concrete pad to the front of 3283.|
|Seems like the Huizenga Clan has diversified beyond|
Waste Management, Blockbuster and Auto Nation......
|Concrete was put into the 'bucket' from the truck.|
|Mike moved the concrete to the forms in front.|
There Mark shoveled it into place.
|The long walk adjacent to the south side|
of the cottage was the last to be poured today.
The flexible forms have been staked temporarily. We'll leave them in place overnight to allow me to think about the shape of the future walk. If, as I expect, there are no changes these forms will be finalized first thing in the morning. Then the relatively straight walk to the drive will be formed. And the rest of the walks poured.
Below are pictures of the forms between the steps and garage. If any family or close friends have thoughts or ideas on this please contact me tonight. Otherwise the size and shape will be, literally, cast in concrete tomorrow.