"Landing" pictures/help

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by BostonBull, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am trying to come up with a few ideas for the "landing" area off my deck. I have a nice granite step that I love and want to incorporate. The problem is thats all the builder put here. I step down right to my lawn. This area is heavily compacted from us and the dogs, and grass will not grow. We also have an elevation change of almost a foot from the yard to the step, that he though was fine to just grade away, I hate it.

    Any ideas or photos of completed jobs similar to mine are greatly appreciated!!!! If you feel more comfortable helping through PM that is great as well!

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  2. Petey's Landscaping

    Petey's Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    I would consider a paver patio, it should cost around 10.00-15.00 a sqft. Type in belgard patio that should give you some ideas.
     
  3. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks!

    I am just looking for something that is approximately 8x6 or 9x7. Would a Patio this small look odd?

    What is the pros opinion on doing an area the size I outlined above, with Granite paver's, and filled with crushed granite stone? Too basic/tacky? I want something that will not detract from my yard/house or hurt resale.

    Thanks!!!!
     
  4. Petey's Landscaping

    Petey's Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    Best thing to do is lay out the area with a water hose and look and see if that is going to be big enough. The problem with having crushed gravel is that it will end up in the yard. You are looking at about 150.00 in materials regardless of what type of paver you choose(about 70sqft. pavers, gravel, and sand) If you want to take a look at my website: www.peteyslandscaping.com under the hardscape section I have a few example that might give you an idea. Another idea is to have a few large pieces if flagstone with sod in between the gaps for a nice transition to the lawn.
     
  5. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am going to tackle this in a week or so.

    heres the plan, I MIGHT take the 'hump' away where the granite step is and install 1 wooden step, and then have the granite step beyond that.

    Then I am thinking crushed stone edged with cobbles, or a "spaced" flagstone patio type area......

    Thoughts?
     
  6. Mid-Ohio Scaper

    Mid-Ohio Scaper LawnSite Member
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    If I were you I'd rip the damn deck right the hell out and do it all in pavers. That deck's gonna rot anyway why not just do it right the first time. I'd do a couple different levels to the patio after ripping the deck out. Has the potential to be a very cool project.

    I checked out Peteys landscaping website under hardscape................. all I have to say is wow, I can't believe customers are paying for your paver/retaining wall work. The picture of the circle pattern taken December of 06' is absolutely hideous. Petey needs to learn how to build a wall in a circle to match the paver pattern. Yikes!
     
  7. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
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    I agree, but this is a condo, and were only here for a year or two more.....I am looking for something simple, and cheap. An easy solution to compaction, and piss stains.
     
  8. Mid-Ohio Scaper

    Mid-Ohio Scaper LawnSite Member
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    Hell, if you're only gonna be there a year or two just deal with it, tie your dogs up further out in the yard to cut back on the piss stains, and save your money for a real project at the house I'm guessing you're gonna buy????
     
  9. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
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    Reviving this thread for some new ideas.

    We wanted to sell this spring, but the market still isnt up enough.

    I am going to do some Buxus microphylla 'Green velvet' around the deck. In front of the A/C unit 3 Hydrangea macrophylla 'Endless Summer'. Around the A/C unit I am going to put down some crushed stone.

    I am on the fence of what to do where we step off the deck. I know crushed stone wont work due to the fact of it being kicked into the lawn by humans and dogs.
    What if I removed the burm of earth that is keeping the granite step up near the deck, installed a wooden step in its place, sink the piece of granite into the ground beneath the wooden step, and then did some large bluestone/flagstones sunken into the lawn so I could still mow over them?

    I dont want to spend the $$$$ on a patio, and my yard is small, 50' from the deck to the fence, and roughly 100' wide. It goes down along the house too, that area is 25x25 roughly.

    Any help is appreciated!!!!
     
  10. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
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    Also

    The dogs are no longer tied, like in the picture above, we have installed a fence so they are free torun around where ever they please.
     

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