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Old 08-16-2009, 09:10 AM
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I think the seating walls/pillars are out of scale. They are way to small. I also don't understand having the patio 6" above grade. By having that drop off you loose valuable space on the patio. I would of just graded up to the patio.
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Old 08-16-2009, 10:03 AM
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Ideally this patio would have been about 20% larger but this is the tightest budget I had ever had to work with. The wife wanted the step down as she had someones brochure that had it that way. The seating walls are restricted to the circle which was restricted by their budget. Its a very cut and dry job really as I just didn't have room to be very creative.

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Old 08-16-2009, 10:11 AM
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Once the lanterns go in on top of the pillars, and some nice, textured and layered plantings - it'll eally look fantastic!
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Old 08-16-2009, 10:36 AM
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Lanterns actually are being hooked up this week by an electrician. I'm working on them for a landscape design but that will most likely be spring. That color patio needs a lot of greenery around it. Very bright with the sun!

They're really nice people too. Their kids would sit on the stoop and watch us set stone while we joked around with them.
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Old 08-16-2009, 11:38 AM
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What software if any do you use for your designs? Also are the steps poured in place at the same time you poured the patio? Were the seat walls made from block and were they put in place before or after you poured the patio?

Just curious, Dave...
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Old 08-16-2009, 12:01 PM
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There is a 24-30" footer under the steps. They were then built out of block and covered with stone.

The walls also have a 24-30" footer and the block was then set on top. Soil rough graded and then veneered with stone. The walls were built (block) prior to the pour.

3500 psi concrete was used too. Most use 3000 psi but for only $4 per yard more, cheap for more strength.
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Old 08-16-2009, 12:03 PM
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My designs are drawn by hand. I plan to purchase Pro Landscape for my software this spring as I have found it to be the easiest. All I want is the CAD, not the 3D imaging crap, and then I'll color it in myself.
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Old 08-16-2009, 12:12 PM
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Thanks for your response. What does the upper step sit on?

Dave...
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Old 08-16-2009, 12:33 PM
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Thanks for your response. What does the upper step sit on?

Dave...
I'm not sure what you're asking. The steps are built out of block, then poured solid with concrete.
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Old 08-16-2009, 02:03 PM
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Current job site. Block wall we're building to veneer with stone. Its only going to be about 24" tall as they only want to lessen the slope. I think they may end up going for a little more once we start setting block.

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