Day 1 resulted in quite a surprise, as one of the stairway support posts had failed completely and provided exactly zero support:
I chuckled when I saw the brick (photo above). It reminded me of the Roman mosaics we saw in Cyprus, many years ago. No doubt that, at some point, a brick walkway was present at poolside in the early days after the house was built; then the lower deck must have been installed, over 35 years ago.
The contractor removed the entire lower deck in just a few hours — a chain saw proves a very useful tool in this case:
The first load going to the sanitary dump, loaded and ready to go:
What remains of the landing on the stairway, still attached to one of the poles that will be replaced:
The wood did not appear to be cedar; and the heft and color reminded me more of redwood. I could be wrong; just in case, I saved some of the best pieces, to recycle them into outdoor furniture:
Today: Delivery of materials, including pavers, lumber, fasteners, joist hangers, rock, and sand.
— Al Navas