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Gerane 10-14-2011 10:10 AM

Cheapest patio/deck option
 
I am closing on my new home today, and it has pretty much no backyard patio/deck space. I has a roughly 5x5 slab currently. As it has a slight grade to the left of the house and away towards where the picture was taken. I am wondering what would be my cheapest method of getting some space here, enough for a 4 person table and chairs and a grille.http://photos3.zillow.com/is/image/i...ei=446&wid=596

gatorheel 10-14-2011 01:18 PM

I think your only option is a slab (or pavers, around here the installed price is comparable, believe it or not). You don't have enough height for a deck.

If you're going to pour a slab, you might want to go ahead and size the footers big enough to put a cover over it some day. Probably won't cost that much more.

Matt

CoconutPete 10-17-2011 09:59 AM

I agree that it looks too low for a deck. Pavers or concrete looks to be the best bet. Call and get some quotes and see what you come up with.

creeper 10-17-2011 02:51 PM

And for crying out loud get those downspouts AWAY from the foundation. Oh and congrats on your new purchase, it looks lovely

stradt03 10-18-2011 07:52 AM

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Originally Posted by creeper (Post 750658)
And for crying out loud get those downspouts AWAY from the foundation. Oh and congrats on your new purchase, it looks lovely

THIS!!! You can buy some 4" drainage pipe and route those discharges far enough away for less than $100 and a few hours of your manual labor.

weehooker 10-18-2011 09:25 PM

You can buy 2x 8x16 concrete pavers and lay them in a stone dust base for about $1.50/SF if you do the bull work. They look good and provide for drainage between the blocks. Make it bigger than you think you need. You can't have to big of a patio.

AndyGump 10-18-2011 09:49 PM

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I am wondering what would be my cheapest method of getting some space here,
Put the chairs and table on the grass.

Oh, and if you really want to save...steal the neighbors table and chairs.

Hope this helps.

Andy.

Gerane 11-01-2011 10:35 AM

The downspouts are on my list of things to fix. I have not had the time yet as I'm in school fulltime and work fulltime.

After I bury the new ones, what is the best way to get the grass to grow back in those areas?

kmpittman 11-03-2011 08:47 AM

Rake, plant, fertalize, water, water, water = grass


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