Tonight’s the night. We’ll find out if the Ashburn Village Homeowners’ Association (HOA) approves our plans for the concrete project. I’m not anticipating any push-back, but you never know. As far as I can tell, we are complying with all the bylaws and county requirements.
Sue was out over the weekend notifying and obtaining signatures from our neighbors. They were all supportive. It would seem we have all our ducks in a row.
We approached (and filed applications) as three separate projects, instead of just one huge one. This way, if one is rejected, we can move forward with the others.
- Front Ramp. We’re having a ramp come off the side of our porch, instead of at the main entry. There is really no visual impact to this approach. Further, we need not tear out our existing sidewalk to accommodate nor have people walk up a ramp to get to our front door.. The ramp will slowly tie into the existing sidewalk (it’s only a 12-inch egress to the sidewalk-level). The porch railing at the ramp site will be hinged/removable so that, when closed, it will look no different.
- Patio. This is nothing extravagant. In fact, it’s a run-of-the-mill patio that will look great off the back of our house. It’s not overpowering, by any means.
- Driveway-Patio Pathway Connector. This caused us the most angst. We needed a reliable means to get a vehicle to our basement door, but felt some strong reservations from a fellow homeowner (I understand his point though). This was a major concession, as we scaled way back. So… we are getting a standard width concrete pathway. I found that there is a product that can, essentially, reinforce the lawn. It’s a grid that allows grass to grow between the mesh. If this winds up not working, I’ll simply line the pathway with a bed of gravel and decorative pea gravel on top.
I’ll let you know the outcome tomorrow.
I want to tell you all just how much we are touched by the financial support for the van repair. It just three days, the donations exceeded the repair estimate ($1,600). The van will go in the service bay today. You guys are truly remarkable!
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