August 02, 2007

Renovating the historic pavement, II

After choosing the right stones, the brute part of the job began ;) The paving stones had to be pressed into the ground. My husband did it by hammering on a piece of wood with the blunt side of our ax:



It sure was an exhausting job, but we didn't want to use a vibrating plate because the pavement would have lost its characteristic unevenness.
Slowly but surely we advanced


and finally finished this work step:


Then the gaps had to be filled with some kind of grout. We used "home-made" gravel-sand, consisting of the sieved soil we had dug out before.





What next? The gravel-sand was removed by hosing the spot with water, then we refilled it with gravel-sand, hosing it again ....


And this is the final result:


I think it turned out great!

6 comments:

Lenise said...

Ausgezeichnet! We have flagstones in our front yard leading up to our pirch steps, but they're buried under gravel, dirt, and grass. Considering I can't even keep the garden weeded, this is a project that I already know will not come to fruition. Maybe in five years when my children are 8, 6, and 4 and ready for hard labor ;)

John said...

Looks good! You did an excellent job of matching it to the original.

Kristen said...

It's beautiful! And you can hardly tell where new meets old.

Anna said...

Hello Lenise, John and Kristen,

thanks a lot for your compliments - they're much appreciated!

I must admit that this spot of 2m² was just the beginning - there are about 20m² close to the house that also need paving. If we go on with that same work pace, we'd need another month just for that... :) Or maybe I could "borrow" your children Lenise ... ;)

The Muehli's said...

Great job you guys. I'm SO behind in reading everything but just wanted to say it looks really good. We used to have flagstones like that in our courtyard but they apparently took them out several years ago and replaced them with pavers - which aren't as rustic and fun but also not so slippery and there isn't as much space for the weeds to grow in.

Anna said...

Good point about the weed, Tiffany! I could actually weed more or less 24/7...