Elevated Concrete Patio

by Dee
(California)

We have an elevated concrete patio that is 3 steps down from the family room door.


We also have doors that come out into the patio from the laundry room and a guest bedroom the same way. We are thinking of raising the patio to the same level as the family room. We are thinking of stamped concrete and our house is stucco.

There are also 5 air vents on the house wall that would be covered if we raise the patio. What would be the best way to go about it? We are thinking leaving a gap of 12" between the house and the raised patio in the areas where the vents are. Is that a good idea? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Raised Patio Against House
by: Susan

Hi Dee,

Regarding the raised patio and air vents, the main issue I see is taking care of any water that would get into those areas. In a sense, you are creating window wells.

If you want to do this, it would be a good idea to install a grate/drain at the bottom of the cutouts and connect this area to a pipe which would take the water away to another area. I know this might sound complicated or like overkill, but you really don't want to have water problems, particularly in your house.

Another solution would be to design nice landings. You could possibly even connect two of them together, but this would depend where the vents are. This would keep the patio at ground level, but create a nice, comfortable transition to it.

You would step down one step onto a nice sized landing (at least 4' x 4'), and then go down two steps to the patio. Here is a picture of what I mean.
Patio Ideas

It's a video but shows a few shots of what I am referring to. You can pause it anywhere. If you have further questions, let me know.

Susan

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