Ready to transform your home into a private resort? Patios and hardscapes can add dramatic appeal to your landscapes.
DeCarlo Landscapes and Design can enhance the look and functionality of your outdoor space through the use of brick, natural stone, pavers and other landscaping materials. With the many colors and shading options of brick and stone, our designers can consult you on which types will be best suited to complement your residence.
From walkways to patios, the DeCarlo designers and installers take the right steps to making sure that your patio, retaining wall, or walkway lasts for a long time. Without the proper preparation, the stones may settle, resulting in an uneven surface.
Preparation and building procedures for walls/steps/landings
We will Dig down a one to two foot footing depending on the height of the wall anything under 2 feet in height will be one foot footing anything over will be a two foot to three foot footing. Walls fewer than two feet will have a base of 6” quarry process and 1/2 buried block upon which to lay the first course. Walls two feet and over will use 12” to 24″ of qp and one buried block. Each line of laid block will have a ¼ inch lean into the job for retaining walls; not needed for decoration wall or sitting walls. Behind each block will be filter fabric and 2 feet wide of ¾ clean stone. This is not needed for decorative walls or sitting walls in some cases. Every 3rd block will have geo grid for wall support (not needed for decorative wall, not for supporting fill or sitting wall). Weep holes will be left every 4 feet with drainage behind the wall empting out to the weep holes or brought to drainage area this is not needed for decorative nonsupport walls or sitting walls in some cases. All fill and stone will be tamped at every one foot of back fill of until grade is met. Final grade will be top soil and seeded where we disturbed the area. Any other landscape will be put back that got disturbed due to the work.
Paver info and construction procedures
In preparation for pavers, first, existing material is removed where needed and new material is added where depth is too deep in the area the pavers will go. The result should be a 5 inch base below the block. Approx. 6.5 inches need to be removed or re-graded to meet that depth. There will be 4 inches of ¾ quarry process stone base tamped down then approx. 1 inches of stone dust tamped and graded to set pavers. All pavers will be tamped at completion with sand to fill in-between the bricks. All edging of pavers will be reinforced with a paver edging which will be spiked into the ground every 6 inches to prevent pavers from moving.