It's Already August...We Are Keeping Busy!
This year seems to be flying by as we have already reached August! As always, we have been completing jobs of various nature, traveling all over central Pennsylvania. One of these jobs took place in Carlisle. At this property, the job at hand consisted of removing an old wooden deck, and replacing it with a paver patio. In addition to this, we decided to build a small sitting wall around a gas meter to hide it, yet keep it accessible.
To begin, we needed to start demolishing the wooden deck. To do this, we used a chainsaw and digging bars to dismantle the existing deck. After this was completed, we began constructing the wall around the gas meter. We used 2a modified stone as our base, which we compacted. After this we added a thin layer of stone dust to our footer. The next step in this process is leveling the sitting wall block one by one. This is the longest part in the construction of a sitting wall, because it serves as the base and level of the whole wall. After we went the appropriate height, we were able to install and cut the capstone for the sitting wall. These capstones are held together using an adhesive glue. Following the completion of the sitting wall, we had to construct another small retaining wall along the divider fence. The purpose of this wall was to retain our paver patio.
We completed this wall and also used “steppers” for the front of the patio to retain the pavers and serve as a step into the yard. Since the deck was elevated, we needed to use steps to get to the appropriate grade. Once we had our patio outlined, we could then start to begin the paver work. The first order of business was making sure we had the proper amount of modified stone. We compacted our modified stone, and then we added our thin layer of stone dust for the pavers to lay on. While making sure we had proper fall for the water to run off, we laid out the pavers. There were a few pavers we had to cut to make the patio work together. After the pavers were laid, we could finish off by sweeping polymeric sand between the joints of the pavers. The final touches consisted of wetting down the patio, and touchup seeding and straw. Take a look how everything turned out!