Laura's Backyard Renovation: Demolition Begins

Renovation Diary

Demolition of the outdoor toilet begins.
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Name: Laura Watson
Type of Project: Outdoor renovation
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Type of building: Semi-detached shop front/cottage with 1200 sq. ft. backyard

Laura's renovation is underway! If you missed them before, you can click back through and catch up on the introductory posts about the project, Laura's plans for the finished space, and her budget.

Over the weekend we got to work with demolition of the outdoor toilet and removal of the massive concrete slab which was occupying about a third of the garden. We are keeping any decent old red clay pavers that come from the dunny and hoping that, combined with the pavers we will remove from the pergola area, we will have enough to pave a small footpath and possibly an area by the entrance to the garage.

We also needed to break up and remove this large area of concrete.
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Some of the red clay pavers which we salvaged from the outdoor toilet. Rika obviously doesn't mind all the trouble.
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Fast forward to Sunday afternoon. Things were going pretty well — Tommaso was finished with the removal of the concrete and was levelling out some of the soil when he hit something solid. It was concrete. Under about 8cm of soil he had uncovered another layer of concrete. Curious, he broke through a section of the concrete to see how thick it was.

We also had to remove a lot of the existing dirt, which is poor quality.
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It didn't take long to fill the first skip bin.
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The good news was that the concrete wasn’t very thick; the bad news was that underneath the concrete was another layer of bricks! At this point we gave up – we had already filled two skip bins at $430 each, and the thought of breaking up and removing all that additional rubble was not appealing. We will consider our options next week – we can’t face it today!

Almost good to go!
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Nightmare... after two days of excavating, we found more layers of concrete and bricks which need to be removed.
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Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for installment #5 of Laura's Backyard Renovation.

(Images and diary text: Laura Watson)

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