Before we left on our trip the work in the back yard had come to a halt because of the cracked cement wall at our rear property line. It took the apartment owner about six weeks to get an engineer's drawings and line up people to reinforce the wall. This week they did the work in just one day using a lot of heavy equipment.
A large T-shaped hole was dug in the parking lot and this big cement block was lowered in there.
On our side of the wall two steel plates were installed and steel wires attached them to the cement block. These are called "deadmen" for some reason. Once the deadmen were installed the hole was filled and the whole thing paved over.
Here you can see the new steel plates on our side of the wall just below Logan's hand at the right.
And crouching down is Connor, a brick mason who is doing an awesome job creating the pool that will form the focal point of the water feature.
Here you can see Justin working on the bluestone terrace. It's a painstaking job. Now the brick wall that hides the cement one can move forward.
We think it's going to look really good once it's done. And we're hoping there will still be some summer left when the project is complete.