Paver Walkway, 47' level, 20' slight incline, terrace steps or run straight?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by mcw615, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. mcw615

    mcw615 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    Customer wants the first portion level with the house and front yard and to just run the slope straight down, no handicap issues. I was thinking terrace the slope with steps with a 1' drop with a 5' run 3-4 times. Opinions? The slope is not steep, but I don't think it would look the best to have a flat run, then a transition to a 15 degree slope..... What would you do?




  2. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,655

    Oh you gotta put steps in there for sure. Space them out and do some planting around them, give it some life!
  3. DeereHauler

    DeereHauler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 604

    for sure ..
  4. mcw615

    mcw615 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    Just finished an ICPI course, pretty new at hardscaping. I have an employee with 7 years hardscape experience with another company that was into large-upscale head ache hardscape jobs. We worked together this afternoon to estimate time and materials. He estimated 76 man hours from start to completion, it is a total of 320 s.f. Does that many labor hours seem about right?
  5. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,655

    You just went from how to design the job to how to charge for the job. If you'd like I could help with color choice but I'm really not to good at that. :)
  6. streetscrapin16

    streetscrapin16 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    def. need some steps in there.
  7. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    Kind of hard to tell from a pic, but you probably do need some steps.
    What is the actual rise? you say "1' drop with a 5' run 3-4 times", by my math that makes it 3' or 4' which is a bit much over a 20' run.
    What part of VA are you from?
  8. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,498

    looks like they're running the downspouts uphill? am i seeing that right? go to the street and take a photo of the whole area, close up shots don't help when looking at slopes.
  9. chance213

    chance213 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Put some nice sandstone steps or something in there. Like the one guy said do some planting around it. A few plants will go along way if done right.
  10. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,708

    Virginia gets snow and ice. Steps for sure or someone is going to bust their butt.

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