Help with a WFO foundation question
Rookie builder question.
I am starting to plan out the build of my WFO and have a construction question for the more knowledgeable builder members:
Off the back of the house we have a wooden deck, which steps down to a brick paver patio, which steps down to the grass and my wife's (foreman's) flower beds. The rear of the property has a gentle slope to it, so when we put in the patio, we built up to 'level' with an aggregate and crushed stone base. Unfortunately, the 'approved' (foreman's, not municipality's) position for the WFO would currently leave it cantilevered (say half on / half off) the patio with a 1.5 foot drop down below it. I see a number of alternatives and have not a clue as to which is the better (easier, sounder, aesthetically pleasing) approach:
Extend the patio under the WFO with crush, aggregate and pavers so that the area is homogeneous, and float the WFO's concrete pad on top of the pavers. (Is floating a pad on pavers sound / stable?)
Rip out the full footprint of the WFO from the existing patio, pour the pad and build up with concrete block. (Feels like a good way to screw up the patio and my wedded bliss in pursuit of a WFO.)
Pour a pad off the edge of the patio for the overhang, build up with concrete block to patio level and then pour a pad that floats on the patio pavers and concrete block build up.
The right approach which is not even a twinkle in my eye.
Thanks in advance,
PS...I'll create a blog so that all can laugh along with my foibles as this build out goes along.