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How high can a raised patio be?

Posted by hackwriter (My Page) on
Thu, May 14, 09 at 7:09

Because of the slope of my house's property, my basement in the back is at walk-out level and my kitchen is one story up. My back steps are crumbling, and I want to replace them with a deck. When I had my front steps fixed, the contractor suggested doing a cinderblock structure instead -- a raised patio with a stucco finish. He said it would be less expensive than doing a deck. That struck me like an awful lot of essentially concrete wall, but I was wondering if a raised paver patio could be done. It would certainly be a lot more aesthetically pleasing. If not that, then perhaps a cultured stone finish. We're talking about a raised patio of about 8' high. Does that sound feasible/reasonable to do?

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RE: How high can a raised patio be?

You see high retaining walls along the roadsides frequently. But, the techniques and materials are not DIY.

To do this for a patio will require VERY heavy stones and regular "deadmen" set into the firmly compacted backfill. Speak with a reputable stone mason. BTW, I can't imagine that a deck will cost more but the look cannot begin to match.

RE: How high can a raised patio be?

Wow, 8ft? We want to do a similar thing - have 4ft in corner now by slider (modular home was designed for 11ft slope but we hit ledge and ended up with less, moved walkout to end). We could fill a bit more but would still have about 3ft drop coming out the door - would love to do multi-level deck or patio stepping down to grade on left hand side (where foundation is only 6" off grade). Let us know what you find out.

What are "deadmen"?

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