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Pergola on pavestone patio

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by bmackkc, May 15, 2020.

  1. bmackkc

    bmackkc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Hello all,

    We are planning on putting a pergola (Backyard Discovery's Somerville) on top of a yet-to-be built pavestone patio.

    What's the best way to secure the pergola, while at the same time keeping it aesthetically pleasing? We'd rather not have the mounting hardware visible. The assembly guide "assumes" that the pergola will be attached to a concrete slab.

    Thanks in advance!

    Mike
     
  2. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,326

    Depending on the size it’s best to have the structure in place prior to the pavers. You’ll then cut Pavers around the post.
     
  3. Hayduke

    Hayduke LawnSite Senior Member
    from Oregon
    Messages: 411

    Yep. Attach the posts to a post anchor set in concrete, with the concrete set into the gravel base a good inch or two below the paver finish height. Cut the pavers around the post. If you set the post in a deep hole with concrete, you'll have hell to pay if you ever have to remove that post because its rotten.
     
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  4. OP
    OP
    bmackkc

    bmackkc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Thank you!
     
  5. OP
    OP
    bmackkc

    bmackkc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Agreed. Any photos of such an application/installation? Thank you.
     
  6. Hayduke

    Hayduke LawnSite Senior Member
    from Oregon
    Messages: 411

    Hard to see because the posts are painted, but we attached those posts to post anchors. The concrete pier is just below the pavers, about an inch or two below the top of the gravel/or sand setting bed. Not sure if that helps. Don't ask about the funky paver pattern. The client had us do the smaller rectangle one year, then had us do the pergola and extension the next year. Pays to plan it out for the long term!

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  7. OP
    OP
    bmackkc

    bmackkc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Looks great! So did you cut the bottom of the pavers that would be sitting on the concrete to make them flush with the rest?
     
  8. Hayduke

    Hayduke LawnSite Senior Member
    from Oregon
    Messages: 411

    No, There is an inch or two of gravel/sand between the top of the concrete and the bottom of the pavers. No need to cut them
     
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  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,603

    Just for discussion's sake...OP, would you build a house on top of asphalt and just anchor it to the asphalt?
     
  10. Crazy 4 grass

    Crazy 4 grass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,207

    Wake up on the wrong side of the bed today?
     
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