The builder stopped by the house the other day. He asked. “You’re not going to keep that block wall around your patio, are you?” We both responded, “Yes, it’s going to be a walled-in patio with a stone veneer and flagstone pavers. We’re also going to have a fire pit.”
Taylor, the builder, responded with: “You are going to have nothing but problems with it. It’s going to ice over in the winter, you’ll be shoveling snow out of it and when the sump pump fails, it will flood the house.” He added, “The wall is so high that it blocks your whole view of the backyard. When you’re sitting down, you’ll be looking at a wall!” He continued with: “If I were you, I’d rip it down and grade the yard so that the patio is more level. You’ll have a beautiful view of the yard/future garden/landscaping. You can have a stone retaining wall that isn’t so high and stepping stones leading from the patio into the back yard.”
It didn’t take long to convince us. John and I had discussed the potential flooding issue many times. If we were away during a storm, and if the power went out, the sump pump would fail and it would be a nightmare. I also recall one of my blog commenters saying that he had a similar walled-in patio and it was nothing but problems.
Yesterday was D-day for the patio walls. John left the third wall (east side wall) because that is the footing for the 18×18 addition.
There was another heat warning yesterday along with extreme humidity. In the afternoon, while it was raining, John got his 30lb sledge hammer and began knocking out the block walls. When I took this photo and the following photos, the rain had just stopped, and the sun came out again, but the two walls were already gone. It took about one hour to demo both.
From inside the patio, remember how high the wall was? Our whole view of the backyard was blocked by the block wall….(I took the above photo a couple of months ago.)
And now with the block wall gone, it opened the area up and we can now see the backyard; what a huge difference. Taylor was right. Why would we have that wall blocking our view?
We can see out to the yard…now we have to move the shed back and to the side; it’s in the way.
It’s time to load the Dodge Ram with the block rubble and take it to the recycling place. It costs $20 a ton to recycle. (Another recycling business charges $12 per ton.)
Concrete Recycling Benefits: It’s a less destructive method of disposing of concrete structures. Instead of being brought to landfills, the concrete is put to good use by processing the rubble in a crushing machine and sorted for utilization for other purposes.
The useless rubble is turned into recycled products such as gravel for construction projects or a base layer when building roads. For residential driveways, a few inches of graded and compacted crushed concrete will provide a nice, sturdy base.