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Old 01-07-2014, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Hi friends!

I am considering renting a place which is nice and suits my needs, but is missing a back porch or patio, which I'd really like. The back door just opens into grass.

What are my options? Can I rent a porch or have a contractor build something really basic for a few hundred bucks?

Thanks!

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Old 01-07-2014, 02:26 PM
 
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I don't think so. I looked into this when renting a condo. Even paving the rocks under our deck (standard condo sized) was going to be a few thousand.

Any kind of mat or something similar would kill the grass (I am assuming you do not want to do this)
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Old 01-07-2014, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Texas
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May have to get something like this item:
Portable Event Stage Deck - 48W x 4
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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You also may have to check with the city codes office if you're going to build any kind of structure.
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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How about plywood set on concrete blocks, covered with Astroturf or those mats people put under their RV awnings? Obviously you are going to need more blocks than just at the corners.
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:00 PM
 
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Check Craig's List for materials. We got pavers for free when someone was replacing his driveway. He advertised it in the Pennysaver to come and haul it away ourselves. We only had a van and it took many trips, but we have a beautiful patio that cost us very little money for the sand and gravel base.
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:11 PM
 
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It looks like you live in Austin.

Here's a Craig's List ad where the person has various types of pavers available for $200 per 100 sf.

PAVERS Stone Landscape

Here's landscaping stones 24 x 24 for $3 each. 65 of them. You don't need to buy all of them.

Landscaping stones

Those are enough examples for you to get the idea.
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:02 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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The thing about putting pavers down is that you need to do a little prep work to make a useful surface. You would probably also need to get the landlord's permission and then agree to leave the pavers there when you move, since you would have killed off the grass.
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Originally Posted by ATXIronHorse View Post
I am considering renting a place...
What are my options?
The first thing- ask the landlord to do it. If not, then ask landlord if you can do it with approved material(s).

Don't make things more complicated than what they really are!
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