concrete side yard?

willajoNovember 20, 2012

Would kindly appreciate any feedback you may have.

We have a small side yard often filled with cat poop and weeds. Our neighbor is rebuilding his concrete block wall and has kindly offered any excess concrete from his footing for us to use on home projects.

We are thinking of finishing the side yard in concrete sloping to a drainage reservoir of some sort against the concrete block wall and draining out the front of the house to the street.

Are there any cons to this we should think about? I have attached a picture, you will see some access areas to under the house. We live in socal and rain has not been too excessive.. but you never know these days.

My only worries are whether this would be sufficient for drainage.. or if we would be better off with a mix of concrete and gravel. (when it rains we usually get a few inches of standing water that goes away in a half an hour or so. Also, our plumbing cleanout runs under that area and I guess if there would be an issue with that we would have to rip out the concrete.

thoughts? Your advice is very much appreciated from this novice!

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tjdabomb

I take the concrete and make the walk, of course, making sure the draining, your clean-outs and access are all kept in mind.

Make sure your neighbor will have enough extra to do your whole walk. :p

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 1:03PM
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dennisgli

I'd go with landscape fabric (for the weeds) and coarse stone (for the cats).

This post was edited by dennisgli on Sun, Dec 9, 12 at 7:44

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 1:13PM
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leenamark

Yeah I think it would be sufficient for the drainage as you say that there does not rain much. And when it rains then the water recedes within half an hour.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 11:25AM
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margerydaniel

Concrete pavers are designed to withstand the elements. If installed correctly, they can withstand freezing winters and extremely hot summers. They can be used in areas that receive lots of water, and areas where it doesn't rain much at all.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 3:10AM
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willajo

We decided to do the concrete and it looks great! Much nicer and clean and no cats using it as their litterbox

    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 9:08PM
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