Need Suggestions

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by steve5966, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. steve5966

    steve5966 LawnSite Member
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  2. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Is a planter around the post base an option?
  3. steve5966

    steve5966 LawnSite Member
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    There are six posts throughout the patio of various base heights. Due to the original ground heigth two bases are too high to cut paver right to the wood. Looking for something subtle to cover the concrete.
  4. Budlightshooter

    Budlightshooter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    Post a quick pic of the whole us a better understanding
  5. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
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    Just build a wood box to cover them up.
  6. DeereHauler

    DeereHauler LawnSite Senior Member
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    im not a fan of making a nice patio and covering stuff with wood, but the best i can come up with is making the posts look like they're part of a pier i guess.... i drew it because i can't explain it... i would keep it as small as possible, may have to custom fit around those concrete bases.

    just my idea.

  7. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
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    Keep in mind those are just blocks. Unless there is more that we cant see, those posts are not on footers, and thus the whole thing will move so anything solid is out. They can always get pillar covers, but somehow i dont think it fits the house.
  8. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    Probably should refer to the handy dandy ICPI spec book for this.

    We usually just create some type of planter boxes around the posts.

    Either out of wood. Or Block. Or natural Stone. Find a nice wood, stain it, and it'll add a nice soft appearance.

    The planter needs to be KEPT simple. Sooner or later the posts WILL need replacement. Replacement of the posts should be as easily accomplishable as possible.

    I never understand why people put deck posts on concrete piers like that. Planting the post IN THE GROUND reduces sway......

    Last edited: Sep 10, 2010
  9. steve5966

    steve5966 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 210

    This is Nebraska, everything has footings.

    Thanks for the ideas guys, I was trying to avoid any type of trip hazard, but it looks like a small box around it is the way we will go.
  10. steve5966

    steve5966 LawnSite Member
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    Is there a spec for this? Really? I'm too lazy to look, but if you want to find it for me i'll gladly read it.

    Wood in the ground rots. Doesn't matter what it's treated with or what type of wood it is, it will rot quicker in the ground than out.

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