criticize my project planning stages..

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by BradLewisLawnCare, May 26, 2012.

  1. BradLewisLawnCare

    BradLewisLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ok so I have a project in my back yard that I am doing on saturdays with my guys on overtime. I want it done by 4th of july. I poured my sidewalks and have preliminary plans. We have done pavers and retaining walls and are not completely new, but we do not do patios and walls every day. That being said before I completely screw up my back yard I wanted to post my starting pictures for you guys to laugh at, criticize, and in all reality make my product and my back yard look amazing.

    so I have not decided what paver yet, but was thinking i like the color of pebble by versa lok. I also want to use their retaining wall block so it might just work.
    Opinions?

    As for method of installation I plan to put down geo fabric under my base of 4 inches of crusher run and 2 inches of concrete sand then pavers. I'll be using polymeric sand after i install pavers. I didn't pick out a bond run and style for the circle.

    What should I use as an edge on the top of the drawing to keep pavers from moving? Should I put sitting wall in and pavers up to wall? I wanted to use block edgers (pebble by versa lok) on to hold pavers in instead of the black plastic patio edging. Is that incorrect.

    what should my diameter be of my circle? I want a fire pit in the middle. I have it dug out at 17 feet now, but i think that is big.

    I want a seven inch step up to concrete pad that will be the hot tub and patio set slab. I shot my levels so I am good with slope.a little less than 1 inch on 4 feet for the slope with hot tub concrete slab.

    Now for pictures. I can't buy materials until tuesday so hopefully you guys are bored and want to give insight before then.

    Brad
     
  2. BradLewisLawnCare

    BradLewisLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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  3. BradLewisLawnCare

    BradLewisLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    she wanted to help *trucewhiteflag*

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  4. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I have nothing to add to this other than I would like to trade helpers with you.
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  5. BradLewisLawnCare

    BradLewisLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    you'd laugh harder because i literally had to beg her to come hang while i got the circle to the depth needed. then when the dirt was 8 inches below the concrete walk i brought out the tamper. (she did help tell me with the sight level when helpers left tonight). All of a sudden i turn it on and she jumps outta that little lawn chair and says "can i try".
     
  6. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    I would of concrete that sidewalk all the way to the basement wall.
     
  7. BradLewisLawnCare

    BradLewisLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am 100% in agreement. Reason I didn't, if you turn around there is a gate installed by previous owner that lines up perfectly with the sidewalk. So I may pour 2x4 all the way down as add in later. Or plant salvia and plants thy grow like that... Or rip out sod and fabric and stone the area. Just bought in November.
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  8. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    WHY 2-inches of concrete sand??

    Thats's too much.

    You only need 1-inch.

    No More.

    No less.

    Aggregate base can be 4-inches. Most folk do five.


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    Last edited: May 26, 2012
  9. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    Also, the father in me needs to ask:

    Why are you starting a project when that dilapadated shed needs razed?




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  10. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    And the space between the house and the concrete walk is WAY too narrow. What on earth is that spindley space going to become? Certainly not a planting bed :)
     

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