Hopefully, you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with your family and friends and your travels were safe if you were on the road over the Thanksgiving weekend. Like much of the country, we had an early blast of winter here in Central Iowa. Unlike much of the country, that weather was through here before Thanksgiving itself so our local travelling and holiday gatherings were only minimally impacted by Mother Nature.
However, the same can not be said of Mother Nature’s impact on our continued progress on the Dream Backyard Makeover Contest project. While our first blast of winter came before Thanksgiving, it also came right on the heels of the delivery of the Bentrott’s custom-built outdoor kitchen. As detailed in our last posting here, Belgard’s and Harmony’s build schedule for the outdoor kitchen put us in a race with an impending Iowa winter. We were begging for leniency from Mother Nature, but last week – as the following video recounts – winter won that race.
We were so (snow) close to having the Bentrott’s Central Iowa backyard makeover complete before winter:
- the TimberTech deck was complete, aside from stairs to the patio surface
- the open porch structure was complete, pending utilities for the lighting and the outdoor kitchen
- the firepit and seatwall area of the patio was laid, pending caps and lighting installation
With good weather conditions, our crew believes they could have the project wrapped up with about a week of effort. Unfortunately, we didn’t get that week between Belgard’s delivery of the outdoor kitchen and Mother Nature’s delivery of winter. Most of the work left involves hardscaping…putting the finishing touches on the outdoor kitchen and laying the remainder of the Belgard Urbana patio surface. So, we’re going to need a thaw and a week of consistently warmer weather (above freezing at night, 50’s or better during the day would be nice) before we can undertake that remaining work.
We’ll be ready as soon as Mother Nature is.