I thought it would be best to get a couple of opinions on this, I'll try
and keep it brief.
My house is a new build and I am having the basic boring grey patio
flags taken out, extending the area and replacing it with something
I've a family friend that will be laying the base & flags and I have
agreed to dig out the area (I have a mini digger arriving shortly as the
area is around 30-35 square meters.)
The problem lies in that the garden slopes very slightly upwards away
from the back of the house. This means that I will need to effectively
dig further down the further I get away from the house to provide a
level base (accounting for fall) for the patio, which I have no problem
with. However this will leave a 'step up' onto the lawn and also a bare
edge around a couple of around 3-6 inches.
The lawn itself isn't flat, thanks to the builders/landscapers laying
the turf in a rush but also having to meet various drain heights within
the garden. Also as the garden slopes slightly upwards the fences are
also above the patio level by around half a foot to one foot at the
I was considering after digging out the patio sub-base seeing just how
bad/silly the step to the lawn looks and then if I have time attack and
dig out/re-level the rest of the lawn with the digger. As I plan to have
bushes etc around the edge of the garden I figure it won't matter too
much about how the bottoms of the fences look with the earth line being
around 2 brick heights below on average.
I will of course then have the drain height reduced so it sits flush
with the new earth level. I'll probably reseed/re-turf later in the year
or next spring.
The garden is approximately 100 square meters of which 35 will be patio
and around 1/2 to 2/3rds would need shifting about and re-leveling.
Any input and advice would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance,