Perferred Equipment/raised portions of patio

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by PLM-1, Sep 12, 2005.

  1. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I've done several patios but this one has me a little stumped.

    This is a large paver patio that is going to have 2 levels and along the backside is going to be a matching retaining wall. Basically it's going to have 1 step up to the other "level". But the step is going to be along the entire length, if that makes sense. Should I excavate the entire area level and build the entire patio and just lay the matching retaining wall blocks for the step up on the raised portion and finish on top of that with the pavers? Or, is there a better way?? Is there any special materials that I may need to make this work? It is for a family friend so i can experiment a little and there is no budget, which helps!

    I've always just excavated the entire area with a SS. But this time i'm going to be moving a lot of material because it is built into the slope. Would a mini-x or a tractor with a backhoe work better?

    Thanks guys!
     
  2. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Some sort of illustration would be helpful. Does the ground behind the house slope away from the house?
     
  3. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I will try and come up with a drawing. It is between their house and their new garage which is down hill from it. It is basically a patio with a step up to another step with an adjoining retaining wall.
     
  4. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Also, what do you think of my pricing? $11/ sq ft labor only. Walls are $6/ block (12"x3") labor/material first row is $12 labor and material. I've never been accused of being cheap or expensive.
     
  5. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I can't really comment with any certainty on your numbers. Are they in my range, yes. Are they good for you, I don't know.
     
  6. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ya, I know pricing is sorta regional, I just didn't wanna have a ridiculously low or high price. Thanks! :)
     
  7. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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  8. DVS Hardscaper

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