How to install a patio that can't be properly graded?
It's hard for me to visualize and I'm not sure of the dimensions (which will affect how much slope you need for drainage), but one thought is to create a decorative gravel/rock area near the foundation that can help with water collection. I've done this with pea gravel for most of it (about 3 feet deep and then the more expensive rocks on top to save on the cost). Instead of having a rectangle or square patio coming off of the house, carve out an oblong space against the wall for the rocks and use pavers for the rest of the wall. So, the shape of the patio would start out narrow and then curve out. Depending on the drainage issues you're facing, you could also do a rock collection area along the grass side of the patio-- same concept. Make it look decorative. Hope this makes sense. Another thought is to do a small pond, but that's a different approach.
Last edited by Allison1888; 10-15-2010 at 07:20 PM.
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