A few years ago, I asked my friends in Boston for what turned out to be a very labor-intensive birthday present — I wanted to take-up the old asphalt walkway at the house in Boston and replace it with tumbled brick.
The entrance to the house is on the side so really wanted the walkway to make an impression and complement the house. The asphalt had a bad slope, lots of bumpy bits from tree roots and also came in too close to the house so you had to step off the walkway in the summer when the AC units were in windows.
The final result was beautiful but there was jack-hammering, tree root decimation, tile cutting, brick-laying and moving a lot of heavy material first from the site and then back on with the new brick. To John Mc, Normie, Ben and Steve, I am forever grateful. Thanks Ruthie, Toni and Lauren for the treats and moral support.