Some Advice on Building a Detached Patio


Old 02-18-13, 07:15 PM
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Some Advice on Building a Detached Patio

My wife and I moved into a new house last summer with a good sized backyard. This coming spring we are wanting to building a detached patio but I have a few concerns, as we have never built anything more complicated then a retaining wall.
My first concern is that where we want to build the patio is at the end of a slope and it can get quit soggy in the area after it rains, another concern is that a tree is nearby and the chance of hitting roots when removing the sod and preparing the area for the base. I'll attach a rough design idea for our patio and some pictures of the area where we want to build it. I am wondering if it would be wise to build the paito in the area, or is it as simple as making sure the patio has proper drainage? Also any comments or advice on the initial design etc would also be appreciated.
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Pic of our house from the location of where the patio would go
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The location of the grill is about the area where the patio will be
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Old 02-19-13, 05:22 AM
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Welcome to the forums! Not sure who controls the water, but here, the TVA has a buffer zone from the shoreline which must be adhered to. May want to check what yours is. Sometimes it is 50 feet and others is 100 feet.

Ideally you would shoot a level line from your grade above it, say at the deck and build it that height, so as to prevent flooding of the patio. This may be quite high, so you could compromise. It will need ground clearance to let water runoff go under it and not degrade the footings. Footings would need to be poured to a depth specified by your local authority, then the framing would sit on the exposed footings using post bases.

Nice back yard!
Old 02-19-13, 08:10 AM
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I will have to check with the county, though as far as I know just the HOA controls how close we could build to the shore (it's just a run off pond).

Also I should of been more specific, we were wanting to build a paver patio, not have one poured.

And the backyard was one of the big reasons we bought the house, now we just need to add some character to it!


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