So we sprung for the 12x10 deck because I had no idea when I would be able to get back there and knock it out. I think my wife's words when doing selections was "honey, I know you can do it....but I don't want to wait that long". haha. The issue now was WHERE to put the steps going down? The deck would stop AT the back edge of the Morning Room (10'). Due to elevation, straight out wouldn't work. Not enough room down the back of the house, we would end up with the last three steps sticking out the side.
So what does my PM suggest? Well he is bumping the 10' side OUT 4' (past the Morning Room) and running the stairs down the back of the Morning Room and it doesn't cost me a dime! So I will be getting a 14x12 deck (instead of 12x10). Did I say I like my PM?
Driveway. I was hoping for a side "hook up" deal with the concrete guy to widen my driveway for a three car wide driveway. But again, due to elevation it would not be feasible and would look like shit. BUT, I can get the drive way widened to 20' (versus the 16' that's standard). For a VERY REASONABLE price (side job here!), they will bump the drive way out approx. 2ft on both sides giving me the 20' wide driveway. It's not the three car wide I wanted, but it will give me more room for multiple cars when parked, and room for the Harley, and more room for the boy to play. So it's a no brainer.
If the weather holds out they will pour it today! My PM is putting down a PVC pipe under the driveway so I can run a "invisible" dog fence after move in.
That's all I got for now,