A project in Pablo Bay, Intracoastal area, Jacksonville. Moderna Pavers of Jacksonville and Backyard Creations of Orange Park combined to give this family an expanded outdoor living area. Although their West Beaches home had a covered porch, it was long and narrow and didn’t quite meet their needs. The ideal situation for this family was to have a screened area where they could be protected from insects while entertaining and to also have an open outdoor patio to enjoy. It was important that both areas have space for their two children to play and be large enough to entertain. By screening one and leaving one open, they would have the best of both worlds -- having space to meet their needs while not having to worry about the weather or insects.
They met with Keith from Backyard Creations to discuss their ideas and make a plan to expand the existing patio into the yard eight feet, giving them a large, completely usable 420 square foot patio. Since their current patio was raised in the yard, they decided to continue the patio at this level so that the floor space was continuous which would maximize the use of the area.
Moderna Pavers was consulted for the overlay of the new porch and the addition of the outdoor patio. The staff at Moderna believe that the most important part in the design process is to ‘listen’ to what the owners want and their vision of the prospective area. When the owners were asked what was important to them with their new patio – they said they wanted curves on the new outdoor patio to contrast with the house and screened porch. They wanted the patio to look and feel traditional; liked steps that were large and inviting, and wanted a lot of seating wall. After the design was finalized – the paver choice was a 4x8 brick shape in a red, tan, charcoal blend.
And so the project begins...
Since their current patio is raised in the yard and there was a slight slope in the landscape, the addition of the concrete patio would be a poured form instead of using footers and backfill. Next would be the installation of the pavers over the new and existing porch to be followed by the installation of the screen. A unique feature from Backyard Creations was the addition of a sliding screen door instead of a hinge door. The benefit to this type of door allows all of the floor space to be utilized without consideration of the door swinging inward or outward.
With the screened area completed, site preparation began for the new patio. The height of this patio would be about 15” – about half way between the screened porch and yard. After clearing the site of all organic material, the installers began leveling the area for the riser wall. Several more courses of wall were installed where the 18” high seating wall was required as well as the foundation of the steps. Both the steps and wall have soft curves which provide a nice contrast to the straight lines on the house and screened porch.
Next it was time for the patio area to be filled, compacted and prepped for the installation of the pavers.
The homeowners now have a large screened porch and a raised patio with seating wall and both areas are user friendly for their children and entertaining. They also opted to have pavers added at their front entry – a beautiful addition to the look of their home.