Green LakeContemporary Patio, Seattle

Backyard fire pit. Taken by Lara Swimmer.

Landscape Design by ModernBackyard

Patio - contemporary backyard concrete paver patio idea in Seattle with a fire pit —  Houzz
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Jennifer Johnston wrote:Aug 28, 2013
Mr Ocasio wrote:Feb 14, 2014
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    Rock Solid Landscapes,LLC
    We installed approximately 3 to 4 inches of compacted 5/8" minus crushed rock before topdressing with 2 inches of crushed marble chips (colored). The marble chip is held in place by Permaloc CleanLine professional metal edging.
  • sindhaus
    I have a similar project that I wanted to start this summer. My backyard has a little bit of slope on it. Should I follow that slope installing the concrete block or should I make the adjustments on digging the dirt to make it level?
Bloom Garden Design wrote:Aug 12, 2013
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    Rock Solid Landscapes,LLC
    We used a compacted base of 5/8" minus crushed rock ( 4") to provide adequate support. The pavers can be leveled with a minimum of finer crushed rock (1/4" minus) or sand. We like to minimize the sand because in Seattle the rain tends to easily wash and we have found insects will disturb and change the grade.
  • caitlin622
    Do you find the 1/4 minus is enough to hold the pavers without shifting? I have read some people use mortar mix underneath. I live in Portland and I bought Vancouver bay 24x24 and im about to start this project
yolikeefe wrote:Apr 22, 2013
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    Coates Design Architects Seattle
    yes but they are fairly inexpensive to purchase - 24x24 from mutual materials
  • yearbook1

    Problem is with Mutual Marerials the color changed for me from one year to the next. Wanted to use it in another home but the color is a battle ship gray, which the homeowner didn't care for. Used to be a beautiful off white. Where to go for off white?

M S wrote:Mar 25, 2015
  • M S

    That's what I thought! I wasn't there so couldn't ask more questions. But he's a contractor right? Maybe he meant the dirt underneath them shifting (water table changes) so the pads or pavers don't stay level? Would that be a problem?

    Thanks for responding and not laughing too hard at me.

  • Matt S

    How large are these pavers?

jlwestbrook wrote:Mar 6, 2015
  • kathleen MK
    Cedars or cypress?? Can you get a close up of them?
  • cleeseattle

    those are leland cypress, they want to get huge yet if maintained can make a very nice, dense have to maintain shape yearly or they will go crazy.

amurdoff wrote:Oct 29, 2014
  • Libby North

    are these prefab pavers or custom made?

  • boonboonsmom

    Are the square pavers prefab or custom made?

Dustin DeKoekkoek wrote:May 19, 2013
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    Rock Solid Landscapes,LLC
    Try Marenakos Rock Center.
  • cleeseattle

    We have crushed marble in this tan color and sourced it at manufactured minerals down by 405 interchange, tukwila, wa.

mikejones wrote:May 9, 2013
  • Steve Oliver
    I was the owner of the house and thought I would add that we used Julie Miles at ModernBackyard for our landscaping and hardscaping designs and worked with Wade at Rock Solid Landscapes for the construction and maintenance. I'm sure they would be happy to help answer any questions, and I highly recommend both!
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    Rock Solid Landscapes,LLC
    The hedge is a typical tall evergreen hedge used in Seattle to achieve fast height and screening. They are Leyland Cypress at about 10 feet tall. They will need to be sheered to achieve the look for this garden.
Jane Reeves wrote:Apr 29, 2013
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    Coates Design Architects Seattle
    i think any good concrete contractor could build it if you showed them the photo
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    Rock Solid Landscapes,LLC
    This was a design build firepit from an idea from Julie Miles. We cast in place 1 foot thick wall with an open bottom. The firepit was plumbed for gas with a shutoff cast-in-place away from the house. The pit is filled with crushed rock and a fire-ring added covered with special fire glass.
Patrick Doliny wrote:Jan 13, 2019
  • miles_julie

    I applaud your efforts at using/recycling the leftover material, however, marble cut for indoor installation is often not suited to outdoor applications. If it has a smooth polish, that may be dangerous/slippery. If it is thin, it will need to be mortar set on a poured, concrete slab (1-1/2" - 2" thick is best for sand set installation). Best of luck!

  • Patrick Doliny
    Thanks miles_julie
    I’m hoping that I can use it because I just finished with my house and have all this left over marble almost a crate left. My daughter is looking to build a small deck and wanted to give her the rest. So if I use the blackout sheets (I don’t know what its called) then add sand and then space the tiles two inches apart and add small pebbles between them much like the picture that you posted, do you think that would work.
mbranch wrote:Jul 23, 2017
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    Hi! I wish I had the exact specs for you, I did not manage the construction, educated guess is that YES there is color (lamp black or Davis color, integral, a shade of gray to darken the concrete) and the finish is NOT broomed or polished (it's a matte finish, pretty smooth). I hope this helps! Best, Julie

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    Coates Design Architects Seattle

    there is no color in the mix - it is a simple hard trowel skim coat

Joe Damewood wrote:Jun 4, 2016
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    HPC Fire

    If you are using wood you will need to use a material that will hold up to the heat. When the concrete is poured it could have air bubbles in it, as they heat up the air will expand and can crack or blow a chunks out of the concrete depending on how hot your fire is.

    Will you be using wood or a gas insert?

  • PRO
    Coates Design Architects Seattle

    we just used concrete. haven't had a problem - it is a gas insert.

nicoleburbank wrote:Dec 7, 2014
Kim Viviano wrote:May 9, 2014
liz m. wrote:Sep 19, 2013
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    Coates Design Architects Seattle
    we are not sure...its a simple design and any contractor should be able to put it together for you if you show them this picture
Pat Plett wrote:Aug 11, 2013
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Falon Land Studio LLC added this to Precast Concrete Pavers Make a Versatile Surface in the GardenMay 28, 2015

Material specifications. Precast concrete pavers are available in a wide range of styles, and it’s helpful to know what the material specifications mean in order to choose the right product for your project.Thickness: Pavers for pedestrian areas should be at least 2 inches thick, and vehicular areas should use pavers that are 3 or more inches thick. Size and shape: Sizes range from 2- by 3-inch rectangles up to 36- by 24-inch pieces for residential products. Look at the patterns created by a field of pavers in addition to looking at the single paver shape.Color: Different colors are achieved in several ways. The concrete either is dyed using an additive that’s mixed into the concrete, or the surface of the precast paver has a colored finish applied. Hardness (measured in pounds per square inch, or psi): In the U.S., precast concrete pavers are cured to the standard 8,000 psi for the highest quality. Don’t use a product that does not meet this standard.Finish: Available finishes are similar to those for cast-in-place concrete. Sandblasted, grooved, textured and lightly polished are all available.Tip: Get product samples from the supplier and test them in sun and shade in your outdoor space prior to ordering.

Laura Gaskill added this to 6 Ways to Rethink Your Patio FloorApr 10, 2013

Get creative with concrete slabs. For this modern patio, large square slabs of concrete define the seating area surrounding an outdoor fireplace. When you are designing with concrete, you can also leave sections open for plantings, trees or other garden features, creating a custom look that suits your space perfectly.Find a concrete pro that suits your style

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Gillis Langlois added this to renovate98's Ideas1 hour ago

Idea 2 for Bri and Dor’s backyard

Susie Dowd Markarian, Landscape Design added this to Ken and TrudyJul 9, 2019

one idea but too barren for me... we can dress the surrounding area

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