We've been dreaming of a patio for outdoor entertaining for quite some time, but the cost and materials have been a bit overwhelming. But then yesterday we stumbled upon a product at the hardware store that seems like it's pretty environment-and-budget friendly...
The Dek-Block piers are a "floating" foundation system for building decks. They are made out of concrete but the amount contained in them is far less than the amount required to fill the standard deck foundation hole. It will accommodate a vertical 4"x4" post or a 2"x on its side.
Not only does it use less concrete than a standard foundation, but it doesn't requiring digging and turns out to be less expensive (they were about $6.00 a piece when I saw them in the store yesterday).
Their website also includes a bunch of handy deck plans, freely available.
Has anyone had an experience using Dek-Block piers?