paying the deposit to build a new patio, take a moment
and step outside.
at the paths leading to the backyard. Any trees or
bushes blocking access might require trimming or removal
to make room for equipment needed for the job.
which way is the wind blowing? Thatís important to
know if you plan to add a barbecue grill, outdoor
kitchen or fire pit. Guests wonít enjoy spending an
evening with smoke in their faces.
key to building a patio that holds up for years involves
creating a detailed plan before breaking ground. A
qualified contractor can design that plan, and answer
questions you might not think to ask, such as why wind
never had one person think (about) which way the wind
blows," says Robert Harmon, president of Elite Home
Remodeling in Columbus, Ohio.
AND WORKING WITH A PATIO CONTRACTOR
right patio contractor should listen to your needs, and
create a plan or suggest alternatives. They can also
anticipate potential problems before construction
example, building a patio facing south or west means the
sun will bear down in the afternoon, which could cause
problems if you plan to regularly cook out in the
skilled patio contractor can suggest a new spot for the
patio, or explain how a pergola or awning provides
shade, Harmon says.
contractor should be providing different options,"
talk with prospective contractors about how the patio
could be used in the future.
you hope to eventually build an outdoor kitchen or
connect a grill to natural gas, consider adding a
natural gas line as part of the project. Otherwise, you
might have to break apart and rebuild the patio in the
cautious of contractors who try to talk you into a
vastly different project without providing an
explanation, or quote a price without providing
specifics about the job.
potential contractors by looking at their previous work.
Then, ask about the cost, time and types of labor
OFTEN LEADS TO LANDSCAPING
construction begins, take your lawn and landscaping into
likely wonít be driving concrete trucks into your
backyard, but they will use heavy equipment to help with
digging and gravel placement. This equipment can range
between six and eight feet wide and weigh 5,000 and
10,000 pounds, says Will Mattingly, head of operations
for Mattingly Concrete Inc. in Indianapolis.
enough room for that equipment often means clearing
trees, bushes and other items from the path to the
backyard. Laying plywood strips can limit damage to the
lawn, though grass seed, straw or topsoil might also be
needed to repair damaged sections of grass, Mattingly
and Harmon say.
with almost any patio project, a small- to medium-size
landscaping project should be anticipated when the
project is complete," Mattingly says.
tell your neighbors about the project.
a patio can be as invasive as installing a pool. Itís
best to address concerns your neighbors have about how
the project could affect their properties.
really want to keep your neighbors happy while youíre
doing these projects," Mattingly says.