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Raised Patio Construction

This project assumes you are competent at DIY with some brickwork experience.

If you want or need to build a raised patio above ground level then the sky really is your limit! The cross section diagram above shows the basics required to raise the patio 6" or so. If you need to go higher you would simply work with a double skin of bricks or use large concrete blocks and fill with rubble before adding the hardcore.

Method for a single brick wall. Dig the trench for the patios outer walls. It should be 12" deep and 9" wide. The bottom of the trench should be nice and solid under foot. If it is not, keep digging until it is. Put 6" of concrete into your footings and give it a rough finish with a wooden float. The concrete needs to be level as this will make it easier to keep the bricks level.

If your wall is to join onto your home you must place a damp proof membrane between the new wall and your home. Tie the new brick work in by screwing angled wall ties to your house wall or use a Furfix wall extension profile. These profiles are ideal for DIY brick work as once set up they keep the wall nice and plumb for you.

After a day or 2 you can bring the wall up to the desired finish height of your chosen pavers. Dig out any top soil from your patio area and fill with compact hardcore to the required depth. You need to allow for the thickness of your chosen paver plus 2" of sand to lay them on.

If you are going to finish off with tiles or the raised patio will be more than 6" you will also need a 4" layer of concrete on top of the hardcore.

Laying your pavers is easier if you run a line across the bricks for each row so you can see the height they need to be.

Once your patio is laid you can, if you want, continue the brick work up to enclose the raised patio. If you do this remember to slope your patio and insert weep holes in your brick work at the lowest point to allow rain water to escape.

If the patio is attached to your home make sure it slopes away so that rain water doesn't settle against it and cause you damp problems.

 

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