I am about to lay a flagstone patio in the 16' X 5' area pictured below.
I would like for the flagstone to be flush with the existing concrete patio. I already dug down to a depth of 5" and the flastone we're buying is 1.5"-2" thick.
I have a couple of questions please:
1. I know that I'm going to have a layer of compacted crusher run, then a layer of sand and finally a layer of flagstone but I'm not sure how deep each layer needs to be so that once everything is compacted, the flagstone is flush with the concrete pad.
2. The patio will be 5 feet wide, is a 0.5 inch drop over the 5 feet sufficient to help keep water from puddling while still being level enough to comfortably walk and sit on?
3. Would it be a better idea to install pavers in that area instead of flagstone? They seem to be the same level of complexity and close in cost but we like the natural look of flagstone better and we love the idea of growing some ground cover in the cracks. Are pavers better for a reason that we are not aware off? We don't have any experience with either.
Thanks for the help.