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Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by lyteservices, Jul 4, 2011.
Some project photos from 2011.
Please tell me that red brick border was the homeowners idea, and you fought vigorously to go in another direction but they would not budge.
The 2nd picture of the seatwall is dreadful. The wall ends are not finished off properly with the correct pieces.
And the 6th picture shows a portion of a retaining wall, that is downright horrendous. Again, ends are not properly finished off.
But thanks for sharing. I can certainly use these pics for my sales presentation, depicting *Buyer Beware*, showing what to look for when selecting a contractor.
Yikes! Nice attempt though, I can see where you actually took the time to put some thought into your design but you're lack of experience shines thru. Hope it was your place.
In the 4th pic you show the existing steps from the house. When building up to existing like that you must maintain the rise within 3/8" on all steps. Your patio looks to be a good 3" or so lower than it should be. IE if all the existing steps rise 7" than your patio must be 7" below the tread surface of the step above it +/- 3/8". This is national building code and a large liability for homeowner and the contractor.
The rest has some OK points and some areas that are poor as mentioned. I have always liked the burgundy accent stones, but mainly cause they are not available around here.
The first step is way to big. The homeowner loved the stone that we used on the patio and wanted it put on the concrete steps leading up to the house. Originally they were going to leave them the same. They hired a mason and he put the coping stone on with thinset, increasing the riser by almost 3".
The sitting wall was extended further after the picture. It stepped down a block and is used for potted plants. Not using corner blocks was definitely a mistake.
Any other pointers?
Lyteservices or tslandscaping??? why 2 names?
Regardless it needs to be addressed. Thats a good way for someone to tear up a knee. You can see something was up with the way the railing is.
I've never seen that many mistakes on one patio, nice try but I would take it apart and start over, the outside wall has flat spots in it and it makes the pavers look like crap. Also put the Copthorne soldier course in last and cut it in to the patio so you have a nice radius cut instead of a buch of square cuts.
Fist Pump Im OUT
DVS said the TRUTH.........