fence before pavers or vice versa?
Please pardon the newbie question. After 5 years of playing with designs, I am finally ready to get started with hardscaping for my garden. I have a very small city house that is only about 8' from the sidewalk. My front steps come down from a porch parallel with the front of the house. I'm going to be installing a new front fence with a gate at the side, opening onto an 8'x8' entry patio made with brick-shaped pavers. The pavers will be pretty tight between the sidewalk & the house foundation, except for a little room for expansion. In addition to meeting the front steps, the patio will also have a long walkway to the back yard where there will be a much larger paver patio area.
I'm planning to hire contractors (at least for the fence, the grading & the gravel base - not sure I can afford them to lay the pavers), but I don't want to sound totally clueless when I start getting bids. In a tight space like this, which comes first? My guess would be:
2. Gravel base for pavers
3. sand & pavers
4. Fence panels (cedar picket)
Does that sound reasonable? Would it be better to find a contractor that can do both fence and pavers or try to get the fence guy to come in two phases?