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Old 03-25-2014, 09:15 PM
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Hardscape Ideas for awkward area

I have some ideas on what I want to do with this area, but it requires busting up all the concrete, laying pavers installing a waterfall between the house windows and possibly putting a pergola to offer some shade.

Those were some of my ideas, but the homeowner is worried about the price and wanted something to make the area look nice. Oh yes, price was a big concern.

I'm just starting out with a few jobs under my belt, but I'd like a few opinions / ideas on what some of you seasoned pros would do in this awkward area. I'm thinking I will probably turn the job down if the homeowner decides not to remove the concrete.

Here are a few pictures. The last one is just a quick drawing for idea purposes only.















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Old 03-25-2014, 09:28 PM
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What did you use to sketch that? Sketchup?
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:46 PM
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Yes. I use it just to get a visual if I'm having a difficult time envisioning an area.
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:54 PM
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what if you built a bigger pergola more so over the middle of the area and then had large decretive pots by the posts with a climbing ivy climbing up the posts and then spreading its self over the top. Then for around the space, do some more pots (or just cut out a section or two of concrete) where you can then plant some evergreens or woody plants for color and to break up that white wall.

Just a quick idea i thought of when i saw the space and your pergola and what seems like a budget conscious customer.... but from what it sounds like they don't want to blow the bank and ripping that much concrete out and then creating another path would cost a pretty penny. And remember its not what you want, but what the customer wants so if they don't want the concrete ripped out then just come up with another plan. Staining the concrete a more neutral color is also another option. Again, just some friendly suggestions and ideas. Best of luck.
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Old 03-25-2014, 10:16 PM
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Go to the book centers at Lowe's, Menards, and Home Depot. There are tons of ideas that may help you along. For sure, that house needs a warmer main color on it. Brown trim and roof are the worst, to pair up anything appealing. As the house sits, the colors of it are going to make anything continue to look uninviting.
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Old 03-26-2014, 05:03 AM
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Great ideas! I will talk with the homeowner and present some options. Thank you for the input!
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:34 AM
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Is an overlay a possible money saver? If the pad is in good shape, an overlay will save some money since you will not need to break up the concrete. You will have to be sure the added height will not create a water issue into the house and you will need to be aware of the elevation changes you will create at the porch as well as the driveway.

So long as the pad is good and you address the potential water issues into the house, an overlay may be the way to go.
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What is their budget? You asked them right?

And for design, where does the water drain to now?
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If you are wanting to do pavers they also have a thinner one that can be used for an overlay.
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:49 AM
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price is a big concern and you're spending all kinds of time drawing and 3D modeling something? Maybe we need to talk about your sales process before we talk about this, especially if you don't have a number you're working to.
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