Building Paver Patio on Slope - PICS

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by JimLewis, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    We recently completed a landscape/hardscape/irrigation/lighting job on a sloped hillside back yard. Part of the project involved a paver patio. But there was about a 2' difference in elevation from the upper part of the paver patio to the lower part.

    No problem. We've done plenty of those. We build an SRW at the lower part to raise up the grade to the proper level. Then build the paver patio over the edge of the SRW.

    The challenge in this case was that a wall made of formed concrete SRW blocks would not have gone well with the natural / NW / rock feel of the rest of the landscape. So I decided we needed to build a veneer of rock to hide the SRW. Now, it looks as if the rock wall is what is holding up the patio. You can't even see any evidence of the SRW at all! I thought it was a pretty neat idea and turned out really well. So I thought I'd share it with you all. Maybe it's an idea that will come in handy one day for someone.





  2. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This may be a dumb question, but those pieces look rather wide for your veneer. How did you hold them in place? What kind of faster?
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  3. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
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    Love the use of a bubbler, but you know better than to leave the 7/9/3 step combo.
  4. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
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    Looks really good!
  5. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    The what???

  6. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    The rock wall you see there is a basalt dry-stack rock wall. It's a common variety of wall built here in the NW. You can see some photos here. There is nothing holding them together other than the way they are stacked closely together and the weight of the rocks. But surprisingly, if they are built properly, they hold up really well. This is the single most popular kind of retaining wall used in the NW. Very common around here. But the rock wall that you see was just built right in front of the SRW block wall that you cannot see.
  7. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Man, I really like the dry-stack, when done right it just looks so cool and full of craftmanship, nice. Pulls the whole project together.
  8. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Looks nice... Can't wait to see the comments the 'numbers' guys will have however.
  9. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    That's funny. It's the first thing I noticed. Patio looks great but the steps would have to be changed. Maybe it's a future project.
  10. promower

    promower LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Very nice work, natural looking I like it alot. Whoever built the deck stairs needs a math class though.
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