DIY Home Remodeling and Landscaping
We are all told, “live your life to the fullest”; I am here to do just that. Evrything-Evryday-Mama serves as a vessel to project my passions, and clue in my loyal readers as to what inspires me in this crazy world. So, sit back, relax, and read on.
It all began with this drain
I bought this house (my first house) in February of 2018 in Western Washington. All time is rainy time in Washington and February was plenty wet. I learned very quickly (still learning) water in the garage was a problem. One rainy afternoon I noticed the driveway (also a disaster) was a steep sloping water ramp that fed directly into the garage then proceeded to exit out the far opposite corner, creating and diagonal b-line through the space, touching and ruining everything in its path. So what do I do? I ask questions, I get to googling, youtubing, and finally decided to go with a drain. Back to googling, back to youtubing, settling on my approach and method, gathering supplies and finally I broke ground.
First Project, First Lessons
Breaking through three inches of solid concrete, 2ft x 14ft, was a treat. I did it all manually, all by myself with equipment help from neighbors and friends. My boss at the time provided a 16 lbs. sledge hammer, the neighbor two houses over provided an 8 lbs. sledge hammer and the neighbor across the street presented me with a 2 lbs. mini sledge hammer (tagged "Thor's Hammer" by my tiny super heroes). All three hammers can be seen in the photo above. I am now and was then, five feet four inches tall and 143 lbs. I am no stranger to heavy lifting and hard work but this task upped my independence game. Sore and exhausted, yet proud and excited, I pressed on to phase two.
Visit the article "How-To Install A Channel Drain on a Budget," for step-by-step instructions on how I did it.
From the Drain to the Walkway
It all began with the drain, but it did not end there. Once the drain was complete, it became apparent that the garden walkway needed just as much attention for water abatement and aesthetics. Click the link below the learn the journey of "The Walkway," and see how I transformed a catastrophe into a lovely landscape feature piece.