Thank goodness I was able to do it at my own pace. The pavers we used were 12" x 12" by 1" thick and weigh just under 20 lbs. each. Each of the nearly 400 pavers had to be lifted off the pallet at Lowe's and put in the back of a pick up (I think we made 7 trips.) then unloaded and stacked at Rick's house. That involves moving almost 4 tons of material. Next, the pavers had to be carried (as needed) from the garage to the building site. By the time the pavers were placed, straightened and leveled, they had to be lifted another 3 or 4 times each.
Our average start time was around 9:00 a.m. and we rarely worked past 1:00 p.m. each day. While my brother and one of his friends helped with moving dirt and supplying me with pavers, I laid each individual one and my arms, legs and back told me when quitting time had arrived. In a former life, I had a construction company and did a little block wall work from time to time. If I had contracted out to do this project for another homeowner, I probably would have completed it in one week and not five but I might not have been able to type for several weeks afterwards.
Rick's wife Karen seemed to enjoy teasing me about the slow progress almost daily but in the end said that it was definitely worth the wait.
The next project is to build a pergola on the other side of the house. "Pergola" is just a fancy name for an arbor or shade canopy. Ours will be fairly simple with just a frame of 2x4s 8' long by 5'wide by 8' high with shade cloth covering the top to allow growing ferns and other delicate plants here in Bakersfield where the summer temperatures often top 100 degrees. The following "before" picture was actually taken today and my goal is to finish the project within 3 days!
I hope Karen is not reading this blog because she will definitely hassle me if I miss my goal!