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Old 01-07-2012, 09:13 AM
 
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Thanks for all of the feedback. Based upon the responses and my own gut feeling, I think I'm going to look into a cheaper alternative.



What did you end up doing?



I will definitely look into these suggestions to see if any of them will work for us. Thanks.
I decided not to lay the concrete. I live in Fairfax so to lay that concrete or not will not add much to the home. It'll sell quickly with or without it. However, if I wasn't going to sell soon and stay put for sometime I'd would liked to have it done. I have a single family home.
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Old 01-07-2012, 04:19 PM
 
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I wouldn't pay 3k for patio unless I really planned on using and getting a TON of enjoyment out of it for years. For me, it's too hard to swallow 3k for concrete. In a TH we owned we did the pea gravel underneath the deck and were pleased w/ it as well as small area of pavers.
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:17 PM
 
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The cheaper alternative would be pavers which they sell at home depot and other places.

Another option is to dig out and prepare the area yourself and then have someone only do the concrete part. This would likely only you run a couple hundred for the concrete pouring. I assume your initial estimate for was for the whole job. The thing with a concrete patio is that it's 90% digging and preparing and 10% actual working with concrete.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:42 AM
 
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How large a patio?
It's about 10x12.

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I decided not to lay the concrete. I live in Fairfax so to lay that concrete or not will not add much to the home. It'll sell quickly with or without it. However, if I wasn't going to sell soon and stay put for sometime I'd would liked to have it done. I have a single family home.
That is another factor for us - we are very open to moving. So, whilst we have no immediate plans to leave, I don't want to throw money away for a mere preference.

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The cheaper alternative would be pavers which they sell at home depot and other places.

Another option is to dig out and prepare the area yourself and then have someone only do the concrete part. This would likely only you run a couple hundred for the concrete pouring. I assume your initial estimate for was for the whole job. The thing with a concrete patio is that it's 90% digging and preparing and 10% actual working with concrete.
Thank you for the suggestions - we are researching the paver route to see if it is something we can manage on our own.
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