We sent Paula’s long-awaited landscape plan off to Kevin for consultation with Francisc and for their comments.
Overall, we got a not-unexpected “yes, but …” reply.
It starts like this:
Now on to the specifics:
On the stairs directly down from the parking to the stairs, there was no mincing of words.
This one point Anne and I won’t budge on. We’ll just hope the costs are manageable.
On the other access paths in front of the house.
Here we agree.
On the idea of a “guard wall” at the bottom on the driveway, his thoughts are clear.
This one is trickier for us. We do have a concern abour cars going over the edge, based on our past visits, but the situation may have changed. We’re going to leave this guard wall out of the plan, but think about putting some large planters there to define the edge better than the wooden rail fence will on its own.
Moving to the back of the house, he had only one major concern.
He’s convinced us here. No pergola for now.
Now it’s time for the clincher and he’s spot on here.
My job is to back to Paula and get her to step up and take charge.
Paula did go to the site and explain the plan to all involved: Kevin, Francisc, Pippo and his son Marco, who will do the landscape installation. While the relationship between Paula and Kevin and Francisc can be quite testy, she seemed to hit it off with Pippo and Marco, which apparently helped to lighten the mood.
Next is for Francisc to plan and cost the stairs and for Paula to get to work on the planting plan.
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