I'm well into a new patio for the the front of our house. Please see the picture. The plan is to use paving stones across the entire width (the excavated section) of the notched/indented section of the house.
You can't see it but the house actually sits below the street grade somewhat (so the yard slopes gently towards it) and I've had issues with water against the house in the past during our spring time Texas down pours.
So I would like the patio grade to be as high as possible. But two limiting factors are of course are elevation of the front door and the brick beneath the window sills.
If I place the patio height right at the slab height, this leaves a small step up at the front door. If I go higher, the patio will have to be notched around the brick sills. I think the latter will look odd but it does allow for a constant patio height (as opposed to a increased slope near the door) and also it gets the patio higher relative to the yard grade.
The old setup only had a 12 foot width landing in front of the door so I'm not sure exactly how the new patio will affect the situation come spring time.
Regardless, I realize I may need to regrade the yard or put drains in forward of the patio (to take excess water around the side of the house).
So what height should I place the patio? (it will have a 1" per 8' slope away from the house).