Ray and I have a very long driveway. It’s kind of curvy so when you get home, the mesquite trees close up in your rear-view mirror sealing off your frazzled memories of the the workday.
When you drive up closer to the house, the driveway gets very wide. It’s a big open space with no character. We decided that an island in the driveway would be a nice feature for the approach to the house as well as something to see from the inside. Ray called a few places for estimates and then quickly realized that we could do it ourselves — what a surprise!
The overall idea is to have the main island and then a second smaller tier off to one side. We are going to run low voltage Malibu lighting to illuminate the mesquite tree we plan to put there.
Since its location is far away from the garden hose, we plan to plant drought resistant plants as well as a few succulents.
After creating the shape, Ray figured out how many rocks we would need. The outer wall will be created with one hundred pound boulders that are about 14 inches in diameter. Last weekend, we went to Cochise Stone and, well, went rock shopping. This morning, we had quite a delivery.
5 tons of boulders.
This weekend, we have a bunch of other stuff to do but I have a feeling that we’ll be moving boulders around on Sunday. Hey, it’s a start!
I’m trying something new on my blog – categories! I have marked this entry under Home Improvement since Ray and I are always doing things around the house.
Check back later for updates to this project.