Kadri Janan. Patio & Pergola. June 09th , 2017.
The drawbacks of concrete include lack of beauty, and long term maintenance costs. The only type of decking that requires more maintenance than concrete is wood. Pavers, bricks, and other stones are the flip side of that coin - pretty, and low maintenance, but initially more costly.
Installing a fire pit is incredibly easy. You will receive an instruction manual to guide you through the process. Most can be assembled using simple tools found in most homes. The average assembly time is just a few minutes. Compare that to a complicated furniture set which can take hours to build! Don't sweat the small stuff either, these packages come with all the necessary bolts and screws.
Only by careful research of the many designs available and the many materials available can you find the pergola which fits your requirements. Once you have chosen your matching design you have to follow the instructions carefully. Allthough it is indeed a labour of love, the rewards are worth it. Building your pergola requires perseverance and planning.
In the Northeastern US, most suggest using at least a 4-6 inch base of crushed stone, and even up to 7 inches is recommended due to harsh winter weather. For brick pavers, this means that you'll need to dig to about 9" depth, since the pavers are 2 inches in height. Since this is a lot of digging, it may be one of the primary reasons to hire a landscape company.
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