Using Pebbles to Extend Patio

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Old 02-27-12, 01:26 PM
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Using Pebbles to Extend Patio

My wife and I recently fenced in our backyard and we ended up with this “nook”
area that measures 16’x7’.

Here’s a picture of the area I’m talking about.

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We would like to convert that area into useful space that we can maybe use for our BBQ grill and our fire pit. Our plan is to level that area out then backfill it with pebbles and use some pavers to support the BBQ grill and fire pit.

The first thing we did was built a short retaining wall close to the fence so that when we level that dirt we don’t end up burying any part of the fence. We also didn’t want to apply too much force on the fence directly when we level the area.

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Our next step will be to level that clay soil the best we can then top it off with 2” of smooth river pebbles.

Then we will lay down about 12 pavers for the grill and 4 pavers for the fire pit and finally add 1 more inch of pebbles to level everything out with the existing patio. I hope I’m describing our plan clearly; we’re both very new to landscaping projects.

I was hoping to get some feedback people with more landscaping experience to make sure we’re not missing anything.

1. Is this a bad plan? Did we miss anything?

2. Are 2-3 inches of pebbles enough if someone were to walk on the area?

3. Are 2-3 inches of pebbles enough if someone were to set a chair out there? Wouldn’t a chair leg just sink in?

4. Would you lay down a weed barrier on the dirt before you start adding the pebbles?

5. Would you use any sand to make it even more level before you start adding pebbles?

6. Would a certain type of pebble or rock make this a better project?

Thanks so much guys.
 
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Old 02-27-12, 01:29 PM
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Not sure why I can't post the images. I have them on TinyPic, is that blocked?
 
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