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Old 08-24-2019, 11:37 AM   #1
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Front patio slope


I'm considering redoing my landscaping and I would like to put in a patio out front (12x12). Most homes I've had have a relatively flat yard, so putting a patio on grade with a proper slope isn't a problem. However with this home, they sloped the yard a little more aggressively than th recommended 6 inches for 10ft. I believe it's closer to 7 inches. But even 6 inches per 10ft is pretty aggressive for a patio.

I know I can put up a small retaining wall to accommodate the slope and I know how to do that with proper drainage. I've done it before. But it really complicates the install for such a small patio that would be used..but honestly more for curb appeal. I'm hoping theres an easier way I hadn't considered.

My slope is closer to 6% for the first 15 ft. An on grade patio seems doable, but itll be pretty obvious it slopes. I'm trying to evaluate if its worth doing. Right now the way I have planned is just too big of a project unless I would use it all the time.

I was wondering if anyone has had a similar situation and how did they handle it.
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1/4" per foot would be what I would want so 3" over 12 ft, you wouldn't need a retaining wall just deeper forms out there.
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Sorry. I should clarify some more. I want to use patio pavers. Again. I'm familiar with the reccomend slope. What I'm asking about is how to handle excessive slope with the hopes I don't need as much of a retaining wall or it could be eliminated all together.
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Ayuh,..... For a little 12'x12', yer gonna have spoils from removin' the top dirt,....
The "Box-out" for the pavers, 'n base stone, Right,..??

Cast it outside, below the box-out, cut the sub-grade deeper up high, 'n lesser down low, cuttin' the pitch in the area, by say, 1/2,......

When the pavers are in, or at the finished top grade of the installed pavers,.....
Grade out the spoils down the hill,.......
It'll be atad steeper at the outside edge of the patio, taperin' out to the present grade,.....

'n no retainin' wall to trip off, or eventually, fall over/ blow-out, need to be fixed,......
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Im not trying to be rude, but can anyone translate that last post? I think I get the gist and "no retaining wall" peeks my interest. I just can't fully understand what the person is trying to tell me.
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Im not trying to be rude, but can anyone translate that last post? I think I get the gist and "no retaining wall" peeks my interest. I just can't fully understand what the person is trying to tell me.
He is saying to remove and save the top soil, place the grave and compact it and lay your patio stone and then spread out the top soil at a slightly higher angle,
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Neal. Nice diagram. Picture is worth a thousand words!
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Neal. Nice diagram. Picture is worth a thousand words!
Ayuh,..... Especially my single digitally produced ones,........
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Great! Thanks everyone. And yes the picture really helps.
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