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The Anatomy of a Patio

by Tim Sanford on 02/15/11

We had a fun client a few weeks ago that chronicled his patio construction on Facebook.  He called it the "Carville Landscape Big Dig!"  I thought it would be a good opportunity to use the pictures to show future clients and do-it-yourselfers what to expect with the construction of a patio. 

The Project:  A raised patio with corner fire pit and retaining walls.

Day 1 - Let the digging begin!

Digging out the retaining wall footings.

Day 2 - Building the retaining walls.

Day 3 - Inserting drain pipes, compacting the stone base.

Day 4 - Ready for the sand and the brick!

Day 5 - With the patio down, now it is time for some finishing touches: the polymeric sand, decorative wall and wall caps. Here is the finished project!

We are ready for the marshmallows!

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