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  1. Building & Construction
    So here's a pic showing a cross-section of my homes rear wall: Shortly after the stucco dried the builder poured a 8" thick concrete pad to serve as a rear landing/step, right up against the stucco as shown, at least it slopes away from the wall. The home was built in the late forties so no...
  2. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hello I'm looking for some advice regarding laying a patio. This is at the end of may garden with a lawn that slopes at around 7% or 1:14. The width of the patio will be around 3.5m and the fall is 25cm. I am aiming for an eventual slope of either 1:60 or 1:80. At the back of the garden...
  3. Building & Construction
    I'm having a house built and have noticed the patio support beam is warped and seems to have warped more over time. Now, it's being wrapped with brick. I was told masonry wasn't meant to be load bearing but not sure that's accurate. Bottom line: Should I be concerned that this beam is so warped?
  4. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello All, I have a backyard patio in grave need of renovation. My questions to the pros or experienced members, and homeowners, are as follows: 1. Should we design and execute the project as a clean slate by removing all stonework or add-on the same stone to the finish of the patio? 3. I...
  5. General DIY Discussions
    hello About a year back I did some work without getting a permit first. The city found out and put a stop work sign on my door. I have been trying to get this resolved (blue prints, etc.) since then. Currently its still in process. About 2 months ago I hired a professional patio enclosure...
  6. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi. I am thinking of making a concrete patio for my new cottage, but I'm wondering if the extreme winters of Quebec will damage it in the future. Will controlled joints be enough to prevent cracking?
  7. Building & Construction
    I am planning to build DIY stairs with blocks in the backyard like image below. If anyone did this before, can you please help me understand what is the proper way to prevent this from sliding off position given that patio will be sloping down and assuming a concrete pad is not an option? Also...
  8. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hello I’m currently in a rental house and wanted to set up an area in the backyard where we can enjoy with some patio chairs, etc. So, I was thinking of placing some concrete slabs on the ground. I was able to find a few of them for free (24 x30) and I do have the landlord permission. I know I...
  9. Building & Construction
    Hi all. I just have hopefully a simple question. I want to build a patio cover on my patio. I want it to be more rectangular, so probably around 14x22. I want the 22' side to have as few posts as possible, thinking maybe I could purchase a glulam to help with this kind of span. I know the...
  10. Flooring
    I need to replace this material. Does anyone know what this material is and how difficult it is to replace?
  11. General DIY Discussions
    I have a screened in porch on the back of my house. The previous owner did not keep up with the painting and much of the wood is rotted and falling apart and the screens are coming out. We plan to redo it this summer but I was wondering what the best materials are for the job? I plan on...
  12. General DIY Discussions
    I'm replacing a deck with a patio. Patio will be installed by professional landscape company, but I'm trying to cut down some costs and build a new set of stairs to the patio myself. The surface of the patio will be around 24" below the level of our interior floor. Using a 7.5" rise and 12" run...
  13. Building & Construction
    Hello! My husband and I are coordinating a patio build (concrete floor, patio cover, outdoor kitchen) and are hoping for some insight on what order to conduct business. We have the hardscape and softscape designs and are planning to coordinate all the contractors involved to turn the vision into...
  14. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi all - long time reader, first time poster. I hired a contractor for a 4" concrete patio and cedar deck. I have some concerns about the patio and am hoping someone can help me decide if they're legitimate enough to complain. The patio's about 16 ft x40 ft x4 in on 1 in clean rock. The...
  15. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I've been watching YouTube "Installing a paver base for a metal fire pit" and doing that exactly (5'x5' square) except for using 6"x9" paver stones. I've found a local business that sells bulk stone and sand. I believe they have what I need, but the sizes offered of the gravel isn't the 3/4"...
  16. Building & Construction
    Hi all. Great to be a part of this forum, since I just joined, I could read all the posts for days and learn a lot. I do have a question though. Where can I go to get a patio cover designed?? Does a big box store do it or lumber yard? Here is what I'm looking for. My patio is 35x22. I...
  17. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hi all, Newbie patio-related question here... I have a 24ft diameter circle (packed dirt with heavy duty weed barrier; see pic) in my backyard that I put in for a pool several years ago. The pool is long gone, but I'd like to use a portion of the space to put in a 10-12 ft diameter paver...
  18. New Member Introductions
    Hello, I am a new homeowner and I already have plans and projects that I'm just excited to get done. This is my first house, and I've done quite a variety of home improvement stuff over the years with my dad. I'm very much the DIY type of person, and love working on anything that I could do...
  19. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi There, I would like to build a paver patio next to the pond, about 7'x10'. I would leave a foot or so along the back for plants, mulch, and runoff. My concerns before committing are: 1) It is at the low point of my sloping yard (probably drops 1 ft. for every 10 ft. or so). 2) The cinder...
  20. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I replaced my old wood deck with pavers and was left with gaps around my pergola posts. Two posts have smaller gaps in photo Before I pour paver setting sand I’m thinking either cutting redwood pieces to fill, or maybe better just pour concrete....thoughts? On one more I stupidly poured my...
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