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Patio Ideas?
« on: May 07, 2013, 01:49:59 PM »
I want to add a patio to our house and would like something that is nice looking, cost friendly, possibly creative/artsy like, and DIY....this combination may not be possible.  Pavers and natural stone are fairly expensive, definitely don't want wood deck. 

Any ideas out there that may fit the bill.

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Re: Patio Ideas?
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2013, 01:54:23 PM »
I really like stamped concrete... though I am not so sure how cost friendly/DIY this is.  It's do-able yourself, but lots of work (and still fairly expensive.

I'd like to see other ideas that might be more DIY/inexpensive.

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Re: Patio Ideas?
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2013, 02:07:28 PM »
Similar to the stamped concrete idea, Quikrete has some paver forms that I have used and I've been really happy with how it turned out. I've only used it for paths/smaller areas though. So far it's holding up after 7 years of heavy traffic.

http://www.quikrete.com/athome/walkmaker.asp

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Re: Patio Ideas?
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2013, 02:10:09 PM »
relatedly you can do poured concrete which is fairly straightforward and inexpensive and do a stain--some of the effects, while not easily controllable, can be really gorgeous.  I've seen combinations of poured concrete with paver edging that look nice. 

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Re: Patio Ideas?
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2013, 03:11:45 PM »

One note on the stain:  Our whole first floor is stained concrete and I totally love it.  The patio is stained as well, done by the same guy with the same stain.  While I *LIKE* the patio... it's not nearly as nice as the inside.  The stains take totally differently on swept concrete (and you probably want swept concrete in an outside area).

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Re: Patio Ideas?
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2013, 05:33:57 PM »
Similar to the stamped concrete idea, Quikrete has some paver forms that I have used and I've been really happy with how it turned out. I've only used it for paths/smaller areas though. So far it's holding up after 7 years of heavy traffic.

http://www.quikrete.com/athome/walkmaker.asp

I like the stone looking one - based on what it says it takes an 80lb bag to fill the mold (approx 4sq ft), a bag of concrete is about $4 so then about $1/sf for the patio (not including base or other stuff).  That is pretty good.  For a patio that seems like a lot of labor but overall could be a good option. 

Any other ideas - concrete forms could be made into something neat maybe with tumpled rocks or a mosaic of some kind put in. 

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Re: Patio Ideas?
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2013, 06:04:58 PM »
I saw a deck made of brick and train track ties that was really cool. They used free bricks found online, the owner was doing a reno and getting rid of them. Some people list free stones and bricks since they don't know how else to get rid of them.

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Re: Patio Ideas?
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2013, 06:16:23 PM »
I'm planning to build a patio/mini-deck this summer out of free wood pallets. For me, the difficulty is getting the pallets home (only one at a time fits in my car and I don't own a truck or know anyone who does).  But, almost completely free (labor + screws + stain) which is exceptionally attractive to me! Here are a bunch of different pictures of how different folks have done it different ways. Maybe one of them will work for you. http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Pallet+decks&qpvt=Pallet+decks&FORM=Z7FD

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Re: Patio Ideas?
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2013, 06:53:34 PM »
I'm planning to build a patio/mini-deck this summer out of free wood pallets. For me, the difficulty is getting the pallets home (only one at a time fits in my car and I don't own a truck or know anyone who does).  But, almost completely free (labor + screws + stain) which is exceptionally attractive to me! Here are a bunch of different pictures of how different folks have done it different ways. Maybe one of them will work for you. http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Pallet+decks&qpvt=Pallet+decks&FORM=Z7FD

I know i said I didn't want a wood deck, but this idea is brilliant - for the price (free) this is definitely on the table if I can find the pallets.  There were some cool pics for furniture too. THanks