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Outdoor Dining Terrace modern-landscape
 

Outdoor Dining Terrace

Got rid of all the grass, installed some drought tolerant plants, added a water feature and created a raised dining terrace with privacy screens in an otherwise exposed back yard.
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ewesfulewe wrote:
What base prep was done for these pavers? - Hello, Did you have to do the typical dig and then put sand down and tamp? I have a small yard and the area immediately off the back steps has a dip to it. This section fills up with water and becomes a mess with my dogs every time it rains, and it has rained a lot this summer! I need a solution that will not be too expensive and that I can do myself, please. Thank you for your time, Helen
   Comment   July 7, 2013
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Helen, for this installation, we opted to go with a limited base consisting of 4" of sand over native topsoil, and we infilled around the stones with topsoil so that grass could be seeded (not shown in this picture taken immediately after project completion). The limited base may result in some shifting over time, though the site is located on a sandy, well drained soil, which means that the stones will be less prone to frost heave and shifting. I would not do this on a clay soil, as you are likely to get more movement. Hope this helps. Jean-Marc
July 9, 2013 at 7:48PM      Thanked by ewesfulewe
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Thank you so much for the info, Jean-Marc. I really like the way that this looks and may give it a try. Thank you, again.
July 9, 2013 at 8:11PM   
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whiplash87 wrote:
What mulch did you use around the plants and the brick wall?
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Sorry for the delayed response, its a partly composted cedar bark strip mulch
March 20, 2014 at 7:03AM   
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collingswood wrote:
what type of fencing is used in the yard?
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There was the original 1x6 pressure treated fence, which we left in place. We then installed the smaller cedar fence around the dining deck. It is built of 1x6 cedar, ripped in half to create narrower slats. Hope this helps.
April 8, 2013 at 10:43AM     
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leschuk wrote:
Keeping weeds out? - How would I avoid weeds from growing between the slabs?
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The photo is decieving... the mulch between the slabs was temporary, until the lawn seed germinated... once the grass is in, weeds won't have much of a chance.
February 10, 2013 at 2:48PM   
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Journey Landscape wrote:
Dog friendly? - How about if we used pebble rock instead of mulch around pavers or slabs stones?
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Actually, the mulch around the pavers was intended stictly as a temporary measure until we could get some grass established around the pavers. So, I suppose this could be dog-friendly once the turf is established. I wouldn't do pebbles, as these would be kicked up onto the stones, and would become an on-going maintenance issue.
February 6, 2013 at 6:08AM   
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February 9, 2013 at 8:35PM     
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Journey Landscape wrote:
Dog Friendly? - I am thinking of placing this in a backyard full of large dog! Does this sound like a good idea or too unstable for dogs?
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Well, it could get a bit messy if the dog likes to dig and scramble around. The slabs will support the dog's weight no problem, its really more around how much maintenance you are prepared to do to keep everything looking clean and tidy... not sure I can be more helpful than this...
February 5, 2013 at 12:51PM   
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Irma_Gabriela Thomas_Fitch wrote:
Follow up to the present - I'd love to do something like this in my small Bay Area backyard. Would you happen to have photos of the final product when the grass grew around the slabs? I'm sure the look and feeling is very different. Love the style!
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