Mari Holzer. Patio & Pergola. March 12th , 2017.
Over recent years pergolas have become more popular as ornamental additions to the home. As they are free standing ornamental structures with covered roofs supported by 4 column pillars you can use them for shade from the summer heat, sleeping quarters, study area, entertaining guests. Most pergolas are constructed in spacious back gardens. Many pergolas are attached to the outside of the home. Some pergolas can be marquee sized when they are located in mansions.
Patios are generally designed to catch the sun. Not necessarily, in warmer areas, the heat of the midday sun, but enough sun to give you that good sense of relaxation and well being that we get when exposed to lots of vitamin D.
Patio gazebos are installed by either bolting them to the surface of your patio, or by cutting post holes in your patio and cementing the posts into the ground below. Consult the manufacturer to decide which method to use, and how to go about doing it. Depending on the design and weight of your gazebo, methods will vary.
This article provides an overview of the process used in creating a hardscape brick paver patio. The basic supplies needed include the selected pavers, crushed stone, paver base, long 1 inch conduit pipes, leveling board, and edge restraints. Tools needed include a compactor, cutoff saw, shovels, etc. We explain the basic steps, giving some basic knowledge that is useful if selecting a contractor to do the "heavy lifting," so you'll know what questions to ask. The discussion is based on Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) standards that should be used by any dependable contractor.
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