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skema 04-23-2009 04:02 PM

patio paver w/ sloped yard
I am putting in a 12 by 13 ft patio. When I started digging and leveling (putting in a 1/4" slope for every foot) I realized I will end up with my pavers on the south side being 7 inches below my grass.
For clarification -The South side of my yard is higher than the North
Here are my questions -
My yard slopes slightly down to the North, toward our home should I slope the patio South (away from our home but onto higher land?? My other alternative would be to slope it East, which would also be away from the house (the north east corner would be near the foundation for the garage.
Also, how do I make a flat patio when my ground slopes??? Should I just slope the grass down to meet the patio?
Thanks so much!

kyassassin 04-23-2009 06:54 PM

Skema - I had a very similar situation and made a lot of mistakes but in the end it all worked out.

What I recommend is to not dig down but rather build up if possible. You will have less drainage problems and save yourself a lot of work. The base you lay packs very very well and is almost as hard as concrete when you are finished providing a very solid base.

If you have any questions let me know. As you can see by the link above I learned the hard way but in the end I absolutely love my new patio. Well worth it.

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