I had many patio stones from the walkway to the front door so rather than waste these, I decided on half open patio and half covered porch, this will allow me to barbecue in the open sunshine, in the rain and in the middle of a snow storm, LOL. On a more serious note my front entrance needs protection from the elements and I will be loosing my patio when I complete my next project, roofing over the breeze way between the house and garage/workshop.
The screen which is the sand morain I built on, stays very dry and will not allow water to pool even in the heaviest downpour. The treated wood edging I had on my walkway which was installed 16 years ago was still in excellent shape and got reused. To insure even dryer conditions around the treated wood I installed a 6" base of granular A crushed stone as an elevated base.
The 2 main 6 X 6 support posts for the roof on the porch were sunk 5' deep, frost goes 4 to 5 ft,. deep around here, In addition to press. treatment, I painted them with roofing tar below ground and concreted them in.
So here are some pictures. The first picture is the before picture as it was for the last 16 years.
My construction materials, a load of crushed stone in the background.
The new raised patio complete.
The two main roof support posts and base frame installed.
Floor frame and joists installed and 4 X 4 divider post in place. Ready for decking. The 6" crushed stone base insures good drainage and provides excellent additional support for the joists.
The patio and porch decking complete, ready to start the porch roof framing.
So this is where were at. I will get started with the roof framing after lunch when I have a little more shade to work in. I will post the finished pictures in another week or two.