need help evaluating patio work (photo)
Hello everyone, we hired a contractor 3 days ago to do the flagstone patio on our small backyard. Please see result at the photo (the link is below the message).
Before the backyard was sloped away from the house. The base of the new patio is made of crushed granite (compacted) and approx. 1 inch layer of washed Sand and Portland Cement 4 to 1 ratio.
Our worries are such:
1. we asked for patio and it looks like a deck. Should the patio be raised as high from the ground level?
2. Since we live in a heavily raining/flooded area an appropriate drainage is important. Before the patio, our backyard was slopped away from the house towards the end of the yard. After the patio was built, the backyard level is now higher up (closer to our house slab). The patio level is sloped towards the small drainage hole in the middle at all edges. Is it ok?
3. Will the structure hold itself together? No retaining walls, only stones plastered to the sides. We thought it should be dug down into the soil and the flagstones should be at the same level as the grass was before. Now you could see that it it is almost a foot up above the ground at the far end of the yard. (You could see in comparison with the AC unit)
Please reply soon as we have to pay him on Monday, May 24 and need to make sure everything is done right or protest.
Last edited by patio_newbie; 05-23-2010 at 10:03 PM.