Craig's Patio stones

Craig from Missouri sent me these great pictures of a patio installed on his house. This is what he wrote to me:

This is my back patio in Cape Girardeau Missouri. I brought in 11 tons of flagstone from Lyons, Colorado. They also did the stairs.

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Even with the transportation costs of about $1,500 it was still less than buying Pavestone and obviously looks much better.

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Top of stairs above patio before I put down the flag stone walkway to the drive.

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Cutting the stone in.

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Nice view of the patio and steps.

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Here's how it looks from the top.

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Nice pattern.

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After much consternation I just could not force myself to use polymeric sand. I did not like the colors (sand or grey) and the cost, not to mention the concern of leaving a milky film on the flagstone. So, I experimented with granite from the quarry where I got the rock for the rest of the project. I settled on 3/16 minus with fines. The stuff cost $14 a ton. The fines settle leaving just enough that packs and settles nicely. Long answer but I thought others might like this option. Apparently they use this product for warning tracks in some baseball stadiums. I learned a bunch during this project.

We bet you learned a lot and many people coming to this site will learn a lot from what you contributed.  

Thanks so much Craig for your flagstone pictures!!  It will really help a lot of people.
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