I am going to install a brick patio using basic patio stones, and then I'm going to build a fence around it. Which should I do first?
The fence will be wooden with 4x4 posts every 6' that are concreted in. The fence is going to be 8' tall; it's actually a privacy fence around the patio.
The patio will be made from basic 12"x 12" x 1.7" patio stones. I'm going to do it the right way (as best I can): 4" sub-base, then 1" sand, no space between the stones, use nice edging, finish with the polymeric sand on top (for what little spaces may be there).
I build the patio first, it's beautiful and strong. But then I build the fence around it, and all that foot traffic on it, especially on the edges, somehow damages the new patio.
1. Install posts 2. Lay sub-base 3. Build fence 4. Re-compact the sub-base (now that I tripped on it for a few days building a fence) (annoying since I already did this) 5. Install patio stones 6. Enjoy.
But if what I'm afraid of is silly - that working on a patio that was installed correctly would be damaged by walking on it while working - then please tell me.
I guess another way to ask the question is, what would you do?