Laying a patio

8 Jun 2005
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United Kingdom
Advice needed. I,m attempting to lay a patio next to my garage,half the area has concrete down already and the other half is lawn and plants which is lower than the concrete is it ok to bring the lawn area up by filling it with hardcore so it is level with the concrete? Also the concrete is 1 inch below the damp course of the garage so is it ok to start the patio 2 inches away from the garage as when I add the sharp sand and patio slab it will be higher than the damp course but not touching it as it will be 2 inches away from the garage.Also how do you make a wooden square frame which the hardcore goes in?
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I think the most important thing is to make sure your patio slopes away from the garage. You need to mark out carefully using pegs, string, spirit level etc.

I'd also go 6 inches out rather than 2 inches - with a 2-inch gap it would be easy for debris and rotting leaves to form a bridge.

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