Pouring concrete is typically a big important day when flipping real estate.
This project being pretty complex called for a huge area pouring concrete. The look I designed for the landscape was contemporary with a modern edge. The home has a semi modern feel built in the late 60’s. Therefore, accentuating large pads of concrete into the design would pull it all together.
Not only was I pouring the driveway, but I was also pouring concrete into a design which created giant step stones for a driveway. Worst then that, I needed to tie in the original driveway apron at the street so I didn’t have to demo the old one and pull a permit with the city. All really tricky stuff.
As the project would dictate, I designed in all the concrete forms with the crew and figured exactly how it would layout. I needed to also create the paths which lead to the front door into the same design. The real trick here was that I also (to save budget) needed to tie in the old existing walk ways leading to the front door. I cut the existing concrete walks into step stones to tie in the entire landscape design. In all, the layout design and tie in work took over a week to pull together. So the day the concrete pour was scheduled, we considered it a “topping off” event. In other words a major mile stone in a large project. With this kind of pour, it takes hours to complete and a very large crew. I arranged a breakfast and lunch truck to keep the crew energized so team work and satisfaction kept everyone moving.
The only thing was that I didn’t realize was that the crew had a little celebration planned just for me…Check out the video and see just how the crew celebrated. But know this first, “pranking” and having a good time run rampant on my projects…It keeps the crew happy!
This post is written by (me) Don Gilmartin in order to inspire the DIY, design & flipping community. As CEO and founder of Fliptechs I have over 20 years of design, construction, and real estate, experience to share.