Huntington Valley patio installationA patio is the perfect spot for get-togethers or to sit outside in silence and enjoy the great outdoors. However, if your patio is poorly designed or installed incorrectly, it can become a nightmare you’d rather hide from view.

Homeowners in Huntington Valley wanted to give their patio a fresh upgrade. After hearing what people were saying about our work, they decided to give us a call.

A Matter Of Time

The clients weren’t sure if their patio could be repaired, or if the whole thing just needed to be replace. It had shown its age, and was not installed to withstand the test of time. Built on 4″ of sand instead of the standard gravel base, the bluestone had begun to shift and break. Not only is this unattractive, but it could also pose a danger if the stones become uneven and cause a tripping hazard.

The clients were also concerned about drainage issues, the state of their stone retaining wall, and a timber retaining wall that had replaced a section of stone wall that had fallen. Basically, the entire backyard hardscape had become worn down and unsafe.

All damage and wear aside, the patio configuration did not match their intended use. With the old, thin stone and a design that the clients could not use, Garrett Churchill determined that the existing patio was not salvageable, since redesigning and relaying the entire patio with the worn bluestone could result in even more cracks.

The Perfect Solution

After coming up with a design to meet the clients’ objectives, we went to work removing the existing patio. A French drain was installed to deal with water runoff from the patio. The drain is located just off the edge of the patio in the planting area, out of sight and in an ideal place to provide some extra water to plants as needed.

We then excavated the patio area to the proper depth and compacted the soils. Geotextile was installed to separate the subsoil from the stone base. A 6″ base of stone was installed and compacted. This process helps create a steady base for the patio which allows for minimal shifting over time, leading to a longer patio life with no uneven pavers or cracked stone.

Finally, on top of the base, we set Bristol stone pavers on 1″ of concrete sand. We chose Bristol stone pavers instead of the bluestone that was used before for one very important reason: size. The larger mix of pavers is perfect for covering such a large area of space.

With the patio installed, it was time to shift our attention to the retaining wall. There was one area of the stone wall that was leaning forward, posing a potential falling hazard.The area was a low point in the upper yard, and when it rained, a lot of water ended up seeping behind the wall. The hydrostatic pressure and freeze-thaw cycles had pushed the wall forward over time. Repair of this damage would be quite costly. 

In order to save the wall, we dug out behind it and filled the area with stone that would allow water to pass through. The water could then weep through the face of the wall and straight into our French drain.

The final step was to complete the planting work and to lay sod. Since the timber wall didn’t fit in with any of the other elements, we planted in front of it to hide it from view. We added spring flowering shrubs, summer flowering shrubs, perennials, and sod to complete the project.

All the planning and hard work certainly paid off! Our clients now have the perfect space to enjoy rain or shine for years to come.

Contact Garrett Churchill today to discuss your patio installation project.

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Andy Sykes

Andy Sykes is the owner of Garrett Churchill Inc.