This is a project we tackled a while back but i haven't had a chance to post about it yet. Our backyard is a definitely a marked target for us when it comes to improvement and renovations. The previous owners of the house had 3 dogs that spent a lot of time in the backyard so when we moved in the backyard wasn't in the best of shape...let's just say it had been neglected for some time.... Our first project back there was building our raised bed garden and our second project was this one -- a hammock stand with a pergola roof.
Luckily, my husband is a structural engineer so he was able to design the structure, making sure that it would actually stand up over time. He began with a couple sketches (which i found absolutely adorable)
|thank god Mark's back window rolls down in his SUV!|
...but we made it!
Next, we decided placement in the yard and marked where the holes would be dug for the footings. We then marked the spaces with spray paint. And then...Mark dug.....and dug.....and dug.... Our yucky clay soil did NOT make it easy on him!
After getting the holes dug we had to place the 6 x 6 posts into the ground. The trick here was to make sure that they were level. We did this by marking off where they would go in the hole with twine then placing them in the holes and lastly taping a level to the post to make sure it remained level within the hole. Mark then used 2 x 4's to secure the posts until we could pour the concrete in.
Now it was time for concrete......but wait....it started to RAIN!!! And not just rain, but POUR!!!
We got soaked trying to cover up our holes with a plastic dropcloth so that the holes didn't fill with water. And the rain definitely delayed us for a bit!
Stay tuned for the next chapter in building our hammock stand... :)
The Indecisive Wife