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  • Macktechie
    Club Member
    • Sep 2018
    • 203

    Outdoor space ideas in yard

    I would like to make an area for some of my outdoor cooks and a place to sit. We have a deck now but sun in the summer from like 12pm - 7pm. I have a nice little spot off to the side so we can put a canopy up. We do plan doing a concrete pad but for a 13x13 area most want 2,000 and up.. I didn't know if there was any cheap options until we decide what to do. I am not super handy. I don't know if anyone else has experienced this. Any ideas would be great. If you have more questions please ask.
  • smokin fool
    Club Member
    • Apr 2019
    • 2253
    • Mississauga, Ont

    #2
    I'm kinda in the same boat, put a patio across the back of the back of he house years ago that seemed to be more than adaquet.
    Newer bigger patio set, fire pit, bench, Keg smoker, propane BBQ and other assorted junk later we stand on the grass and look in at the patio.
    Just got back from Home Depot looking for ideas myself, seems like easiest cheapest fix in my case is 4x8 patio stone pad
    to one side against the fence. I can at least put the Keg and BBQ on this pad and free up room for 2-3 people on the patio.

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    • AverageJoe
      Club Member
      • Jun 2018
      • 394
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      #3
      We had our patio pad poured last year and so glad that we did. Make sure you check BBB also when doing your research. It is an investment and you want to make sure that you get the right person. Like you said though you have some space for a canopy and that may be the best thing for the time being. I am sure there will be more comments coming. But we are wishing that we had done the poured patio years ago because we actually use our backyard now.

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      • Steve B
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        • Jun 2016
        • 3179
        • Rockland county New York
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        #4
        I used these small red stones to fill out my cooker area. If you have a landscaper ask him about this. The rocks do move around a bit but it’s not intolerable. Click image for larger version

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        • Macktechie
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          Yes weed mat. We use too much weed kill. I even tried a salt/vinegar/soap solution still come up. Now I got a weed torch. It's insane. Once in a while corn comes up. Haha..

        • Steve B
          Steve B commented
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          Wow. That’s bizarre. Sounds like you’re doing all the right things.
          Corn? Where do you live?

        • Macktechie
          Macktechie commented
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          Delaware. My guess is way back in the day this was farm land. Just crazy it's coming up now.
      • mountainsmoker
        Banned Former Member
        • Jun 2019
        • 1815
        • Bryson City, NC

        #5
        I have had my concrete patio ever since our house burned down and we rebuilt it in 2014. I can't live without it. It is covered by the deck to the living room above and two years ago it got a 2 foot slanted drip addition. I can now cook without getting rained or snowed on. This years planned addition are cabinets and a sink to store everything. I think I have everything I need to build them from left overs from the house build.

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        • Steve B
          Steve B commented
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          Nice. Not about your house but having a fully covered cooking area.

        • bardsleyque
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          you store everything in the sink?

        • mountainsmoker
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          bardsleeyque LOL No the cabinets.LOL
      • LA Pork Butt
        Charter Member
        • Dec 2014
        • 5689
        • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

        #6
        I have a BBQ hut and just finished laying a destination patio and walk way next to my fence which is shaded beginning at about 4 pm. The patio and walk way is made of 12”x12” pavers.

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        • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
          Club Member
          • Jun 2018
          • 842
          • Eastern NC
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          #7
          Have you thought about a floating patio? More or less a wooden deck that is just off the ground supported by pressure treated 4x4 or concrete. You oculd do that yourself (weed barrier under before putting the decking in place, and stain the decking wood before installing as well) with a level and a shovel. Then either string line to cut for your straight edge or hire a handy man for an hour to make the finish cuts.

          I do concrete for a living, but honestly I'd hire an insured company to do work at my house. Too many variables and you'll want a warranty. When I do side work we charge 1.5 times material cost for labor but 2 grand seems a bit high for a 13x13 patio unless you have a pre-existing drainage issue or your prices are just that much higher in your area. Then again most companies charge a short load fee for the amount of concrete you'd need for that job, so might want to double the size of your project to get your money's worth (would be the same cost for me to do a 20x20 as it would to do your 13x13 unless there is excessive ground prep required)

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          • Macktechie
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            I did think of a floating deck..Thank you for all the great input
        • MattTheGR8
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          • Dec 2014
          • 190
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          #8
          When I did my patio several years ago I used a product called Brock Pav​​​​​​erbase to simplify the installation. It eliminates the need to do lots of excavation and backfill with gravel, thereby making the small patio you're looking for much more DIY friendly. You'll still have to remove the sod and do a bit of grading/compacting, but the project won't be too difficult. One of the manufacter's reps even helped talk me through the process a few times.

          http://www.brockpaverbase.com/

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          • Attjack
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            What did your project cost? Do you have a pic of your finished patio?

          • MattTheGR8
            MattTheGR8 commented
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            My project was a bit north of $4000; but I had around 450 sf plus a fire pit, counter and steps. For a simple 13x13 pad I don't think it will be very expensive.

            I don't see an obvious way to add a photo to my reply, but my patio is on the first page of the thread you linked to in the next comment.
        • Attjack
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          • Aug 2017
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          #9
          Check out this thread it has a lot of different ideas for you.

          https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...-cooking-space

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          • Macktechie
            Club Member
            • Sep 2018
            • 203

            #10
            Any thoughts on asphalt milling? We did that in our driveway it almost came out like a hot paved driveway

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            • TripleB
              Club Member
              • May 2017
              • 911
              • La Crescenta
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              #11
              Just more visual ideas for you. This was first a swing set area for the kids when we moved in. Took out the swing set and poured a cement pad for a jacuzzi. Jacuzzi finally wore out and then turned it into my BBQ area. Took 20 years, but finally got my man cave. Put in the pergola 2 years ago and topped it with shade last summer.
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              • Bkhuna
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                This is what I'm considering. Planning to top it with Ondura.
            • smokin fool
              Club Member
              • Apr 2019
              • 2253
              • Mississauga, Ont

              #12
              Finally got around to doing something today 12, 16x 24 patio stones, 2 bags of screenings and digging like a gopher for a few hours got me a nice cookin pad

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              • smokin fool
                Club Member
                • Apr 2019
                • 2253
                • Mississauga, Ont

                #13
                Here’s the proof
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                • Macktechie
                  Macktechie commented
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                  Looks great
              • RonB
                Club Member
                • Apr 2016
                • 13619
                • Near Richmond VA
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                  lots of probes.
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                #14
                Congrats - looks good.

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