my new bridge....OMG!
Remember when I thought about turning my pool into a pond? Well, I couldn't afford it all at once but I still liked the idea and thought I could do it little by little. And the more I thought about a foot bridge over the pool, the more I wanted one. I thought a bridge would be a good first step towards the eventual pond and would be a quaint addition to my gardens grand design.
So I interview and get bids from three people...a pond company, a deck/dock company, and a general contractor. I go with the middle bid from the deck/dock guy.
And I got a bridge. A big, bridge. This monstrosity rivals the Skyway. I told him I wanted it arched with enough space under the arch for me to swim or float on a raft. I got that...plus enough space to do jumping jacks and play chicken. Clearly the guy thinks I"m 6'5". The thing is a good 3' over the top of the water! I told him I wanted double rails so I could sit on it and dangle my feet in the pond. My toes will be feet above the water with thing. The posts are the same height as the top of my 6' fence! When you stand on it you can see for miles and miles. And lets not even talk about how steep it is, you don't dare walk on it if it's wet or your not in tip top shape as you have to pull yourself up the ends via the hand rails. It's the bridge that took over the yard.
I want to cry. I wanted a little, arched footbridge so I could stroll my yard, not a replica of the Golden Gate. My neighbors are going to hate me, I can see into all their yards. And I better not stop on the top of it as they can all see me.
He claims the only way they could have made it less steep was to make it considerably longer and pulled out the arch. He did send me a computer mock up, which I agreed to, but in a sketch it wasn't this big. So I'm stuck with a monster bridge that takes considerable effort to climb. My only solution is a massive hurricane....
Bet you all can't wait to come to the Tampa swap now, just to see this thing, lol.