When we first built, I mentioned going ahead and getting your patios poured with Ryan while you built. I said it was much cheaper to do it then vs. waiting to do it later.
I also mentioned in another blog entry that I wish we had made our patio a bit bigger. Can you see where I'm going with this?
We have the morning room. So when we built, we added a patio the length of the rest of the house out the morning room door, and the width the length of the morning room (roughly a 10 x 22 pad). It's a nice size, but we also have our fire place jetting out in the middle of it. Still more than enough room for a table that seats 4 and a grill. However, we want more. So now we are adding to the patio. And YIKES!
First of all, yes, it is a WHOLE lot cheaper to get any patio poured through Ryan when you are building. But the cost isn't the only headache. There is the grading issue.
We have a bit of slope on the side of the house. That makes this tricky. Plus they have dig down and grade in order to get to the level my existing pad is at now. Metal bars will have to be inserted into the side of the existing pad to connect the new pad to it. Then there will have to be a bit of grading done after the fact so there is not a 6" drop off the patio into the yard. You see, when they do the grading for the house when it's built, there is a slope to the yard for water drainage. Our current slope is not conducive for the new pad. Oh, don't get me wrong, it could be a whole lot worse! We don't have the nearly the slope some people have. We will need to reseed, again, when all is said and done. More cost.
In the end we hope to have what we envision in our heads. A nice place to have family gatherings and cookouts with friends. A place we can retreat too and just relax. I think getting the backyard exactly how we want is going to take a few years. We hope to add fence, flowers, perhaps a weeping willow in the corner. But for now, this is a good start. And we're very excited about it.
When we first thought of all this, we didn't realize all the extra work having an extra slab of cement poured was going to entail. So I just wanted to share this all of you out there still considering building. If you know you want a patio, and go ahead and let Ryan do it for cheaper and be saddled with the headache. The cost is cheaper, and you won't have grading headaches to worry about, or a lawn to replant. lol
In the mean time...wish us luck!