I am thinking of building a semicircle patio which would but against the house along 2 walls. It would be about 34′ long and go from 11′ to 22′ at the widest point. Realizing this will be a labor intensive project I plan to enlist some friends. My experience is limited however, especially with the finishing aspects. One reply to a previous post suggested 3 seperate pours to make it more managable. I would like to build a small brick wall around the perimeter and in between each pour to add some decoration. The wall would be the same height as the finished slab and approximately 8 inches wide (2 bricks). I have read some books on concrete construction and obviously watched TV, but I still have some concerns about this project…as does my wife. Will the wall be strong enough to serve as the formwork? Can it serve as the control joints between the slabs? Should I even be attempting this? I would love to do this myself “just because” and the concrete cost is so low. I am confident in being able to excavate and build the wall, but will it work? The books even make the finishing look somewhat easy.
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