Yesterday Alex and I spent the whole day working on the worst curb appeal project ever. We installed cement curbs at the edge of our driveway. Worst.Job.Ever.
Something that has been bothering me for the longest time has been the fact that we have a grassy yard and a gravel driveway, and the grass just grows into the gravel all willy-nilly and ugly-like. I've edged the grass along the driveway so many times but this spring I had had enough.
First, let me start by explaining that we share a driveway with our neighbours. Yup. We live in a tiny town 5-minutes from the city where the homes/yards/driveways are old-school. We also share the same garage if you can believe that too. In order to either pave or put down stone in our horrible, ugly, gravel driveway we would either have to divide the driveway into two very narrow sections or have our neighbours on board to do their half of the driveway at the same time and in the same style. Well, since doing the driveway (the way we would like it) would cost way too much money right now (ahem, deck project) and deciding on a style with the neighbours seems like a headache waiting to happen, we chose to add curbs to separate the grass and the gravel.
90 pound grey concrete curbs.
Now I'm sure you understand why this job completely sucked. Grey concrete curbs just aren't pretty and when you slave away the whole day ripping out sod and shoveling dirt and gravel you want the finished product to be pretty. Sigh.
Now that the hard work is done, I guess I'm glad we did it. I'm glad we can check an item off of our curb appeal to-do list. Our poor side yard really did need some love and attention.
Why did we add the curbs now, you ask, while we're in the middle of building a deck? Well, because when Alex had the excavator here to dig the deck posts he was also able to dig a trench in the driveway where the curbs were to go. So for the last few days our driveway was sitting there, all dug up and looking awful. Of course we couldn't leave it like that. Curb appeal, people, curb appeal!
If you're dying to know what cement curbs in your driveway look like, today is your lucky day.
Here they are: