Deck Rebuild & Patio Addition - Central VA

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by bentleyvt, Jun 20, 2013.

  1. bentleyvt

    bentleyvt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Good Morning Folks,

    I'm a fairly new homeowner (3 years) and the house I bought hadn't been updated in quite some time (if ever), so I've spent the past few years updating a bunch on the inside & clearing out most of the backyard. Along with fixing any & everything that breaks on a 30-year old home, which seems to be everything! The time has come to shift the focus to the deck before we fall through it! The deck may be original to the home, if not original at least 15-20 years old and it has a weird design to it. We'd like to replace part of the deck with a new bigger deck and then have that lead to a nice stone/paver patio.

    Although I like DIY jobs, my fiance wants this project done this summer so we will be hiring the work out. I appreciate all of the contractors/homeowners using this forum and posting their guidance & pictures. It has helped give us ideas for sure! We are looking to have a 20x14 deck that leads down to a ~14x25 stone patio (including a firepit) that would be up against the back of the house. Our budget is $10-$12K range...lesser the better!

    I will post pictures of the current situation this evening along with our ideas for the new layout. I was wondering if you all could help shed some light on our layout and any recommendations.

    More importantly, what should I be asking the contractors I am receiving estimates from? For example, 1 talked about gravel, rock dust, paver/stone, polymer sand...while another said they would install a concrete slab underneath the patio area first. Any recommendations on contractors?

    Thanks for your help!
  2. Vecchio Lawn Care

    Vecchio Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you want the patio to stay there forever and not move when the ground settles go with the concrete base. If u wanna go the cheap way gravel and stone dust work but eventually shift the pavers or stones
  3. C & T Landscaping

    C & T Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    There's a few guys on here from Central VA that may be able to help you out, I wish I could, but I have no experience in decks/patios. Good luck to you!
  4. promower

    promower LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ahh.... vecchio do you have any experience doing pavers?
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  5. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    Your budget is rather low to do what you explained you want.

    In terms of the possible fire pit - make sure it is situated at least 25 feet away from the dwelling, decking, and any other wooden structures.
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  6. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    Bentlyvt, please discredit the post from vecchio. Not accurate information.

    Bent - you looking to do this in pavers or in natural stone?
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  7. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    With that budget in mind you may want to consider patio stones set on crushed stone and a ptw deck.
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  8. ztman

    ztman LawnSite Bronze Member
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  9. tdr6874

    tdr6874 LawnSite Member
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    why not do all pavers....i did 1700 sqft last year...originally i only wanted about 1200 sqft but the more i did the price per sqft went down...i will never do any wood deck again with the small price difference, longevity, and ease of maintenence of pavers....also its very easy to level in future and you will also have ability to get to water/sewer/electrical lines in the future much easier with pavers than a wood deck
  10. bentleyvt

    bentleyvt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Thanks for the replies. Sorry, I had a busy weekend but I finally attached some pictures to give a better idea of what we are working with and then some more words & pictures of what we would like.

    Current Situation (I know its unsafe! No kids despite the baby pool! haha)
    Deck is 16x12ft
    Driveway to deck is ~25 ft







    Our Hopes
    Deck - Increased to 20x14 (tight fit b/w heat pump and gas line on other side). Completely replaced, but I will take down existing deck.

    Patio w/ fire pit - taking up much of the area that was the existing runway/weeds/deck next to driveway which is ~25x14. I'd be okay making the width shorter in some areas by bring in some curves...and also bowing it out to include a fire pit on the far side with a seating wall around.

    Pressure-treated wood is fine for the deck, its what I'm used to and I think they can look nice with a good stain. For the patio, we'd love to do a natural stone ($7-8/sq ft. stone) look but I think pavers are more in our price range.

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