The carport is finished! Well, not really. The contractor’s portion of the carport is finished. What’s left is up to me, and that includes all of the caulking and painting, among other things. But the contractor is coming over today just to be sure that everything is truly finished, and that there aren’t any little details that were overlooked.
While he’s here, we intend to talk over a couple of future projects — the driveway and the front sidewalk that goes from the street to the front porch. And that means that by now, I should have already decided exactly what I want. But in true Kristi fashion, I’ve changed my mind about a thousand times, and I still remain unsure and afraid to commit. We are, after all, talking about concrete. Once it’s down, there’s no changing it.
The driveway has been decided. It has to be curved because there’s no other option. In order to get from the existing entrance at the street, around the pecan tree, over to the side of the studio, and around to the back of the house, it has to be curved.
I don’t have a current picture of the front of the house showing the driveway entrance and the whole side of the studio (I’ll work on getting better pics soon), so this old picture taken while the new siding was being installed will have to do. But you can see what I mean about the driveway entrance, the pecan tree on the right. That driveway is going to be very curvy.
But what I’m unsure about is the front sidewalk. Part of me wants it curved since the driveway is going to be curved. But part of me wants to keep it straight, just like it is now, to serve as a juxtaposition to the really curvy driveway.
When I build the new front steps (which I can’t do until the new sidewalk has been poured), I plan to widen them considerably so that the extend past the columns that flank the front door.
And then the handrails will extend directly from those columns. So if I keep the sidewalk straight from the door to the street, I would have to widen the part at the porch considerably, and then curve it in and narrow it to the sidewalk width. That would look something like this, where it’s wide at the steps and then curves in and narrows to the sidewalk…
If I go this route, I do plan to widen the entire sidewalk just a bit, but I can’t widen it too much because I don’t want to take the risk of getting too close to my huge oak tree in the front yard. But I do think it can be widened about six inches on each side.
The other option would be to curve the entire thing, making it more natural and organic in shape. This one is a little too curvy and swoopy for my taste, but you get the point…
If I went with the curvy option, I’d have the sidewalk meet the street on the right side of the mailbox, whereas now, it’s on the left side of the mailbox.
So I just don’t know. Each option has qualities that I like. I like things to be orderly, symmetrical, polished, pressed, tailored, etc. The straight sidewalk fits into my need for those things. And yet, I also like things that are whimsical, fun, and relaxed, so a curved sidewalk would fit that bill. And I do think that the shape of a sidewalk affects the overall look of a house. A curvy one looks more relaxed and cottage-like, where a straight one has a more formal look to it. So do I want cottage, or do I want formal?
*Sigh* If only I knew. 🙂
What I do know for certain is that I want to include a connecting sidewalk between the front sidewalk and the driveway.
What I also know is that I want both the sidewalk and the driveway to be 100% concrete (as in, no stone/concrete mixture, no concrete driveway with a stone sidewalk). And I want the concrete to all have a rock salt finish on it. My bonus sister’s new house in the Dallas area has a rock salt finish on the sidewalk and the driveway, and I absolutely love how it looks.
So at least three decision are made regarding this massive amount of concrete — the driveway must be curved, the driveway and front sidewalk will be connected with a sidewalk, and I want a rock salt finish.
But what about that front sidewalk shape? I’m stumped.