Gravel Patio

ct_tom(6)April 22, 2010

I am planning on making a gravel patio with firepit on the side. I was planning on clearing the grass of a 18X18 area and fill with a base material (Crushed stone and dust), compact it then add 2-3 inches of a decorative stone(larger than pea gravel). My question concerns the depth of the base and the depth of the top stone layer. How deep for each. the area has sufficient drainage. any suggestions would be helpfull.

Thanks everyone in advance.

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marcinde(7)

I like to go 4-6 inches of base (road base type material, sold as 21A, ABC, crusher run, 3/4 minus depending on where you live)solidly compacted, and then a thin layer of the decorative stone. You feel less like you're walking in beach sand that way.

Be sure to use a separation fabric (sold as Mirafi at stone yards) between the soil and the crushed stone; it'll help keep soil particles from migrating up into your stone.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2010 at 12:37PM
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Frankie_in_zone_7

Isn't the layer of the larger decorative stone going to feel unstable to walk on or have furniture, etc? Wouldn't it be more functional to make the patio surface out of the
more hard-packed stone fines?

    Bookmark   April 23, 2010 at 1:01PM
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stormz4

If the area is to be rustic, out door camping feel maricinde is right on. I will keep that thought in mind as I would do this for a gravel pathway. I have never considered this type of material for a fire pit area. I have to agree with frankie. A more stable surface would be better for the reasons given.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2010 at 11:19PM
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