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Patio on top of 8 ft tall wall...

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by mrusk, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,260

    I need to design this job. I need to built a 8 ft retaining wall with a patio on top of it. The house has a walkout basement. The wall is right next to the basement door. Then the patio on top.

    I need to come up with some type of railing or something for this situation. I thought about doing a double sided wall, but i do not feel safe enough with that.

    I think no matter what i do, i need to do it around the other 3 sides of the patio or it will look werid. I am thinking of doing masonry pillars with pvc deck railing running between the pillars.

    What do you guys think?
  2. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Messages: 1,209

    Thats what I was thinking even before I got to the bottom of the post.

    Trademark makes a nice railing system.
  3. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 900

    I think that glass railing system might look sweet, especially if you give them something nice to look down at.
  4. GroundScapesIncorporated

    GroundScapesIncorporated LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 386

    Alot of our work requires railing. I prefer custom Iron handrail and fencing. We do alot of work with 48" tall by 20" wide versa-lok columns and 36" handrail.
    I think steel handrail or fencing just finishes a hardscape.
    So my suggestion is to add in some columns and put some iron between them.

    The coolest thing about custom steel stuff is the wide variety of options, if you have never looked through a catalog like King Architectual Metals, you will be surprised at all of the stuff that can be done.
  5. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    I was kicking that idea on my new house its almost a walk out only 3-4 steps out of basement. But i messed up and had my builder place a full size window in basement and of course it is right under the bay window and kitchen door. Now i will probably have to have a deck which i hate.

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