Contractors in RM, I need help with Installing a patio. Attached is a simple layout of our proposed patio and backyard. We are torn between installing a flagstone patio and walkways or pavers. I have about 100sqft of flagstone, can get another ~500sqft from a colleague for about $1000, and edging strip for another $500. Pavers look nicer, but the quotes we are getting are coming in around $6500 for pavers alone. Currently were looking at $1500 vs. $6500 for surface alone. Isht is crazy expensive. Regarding install. We are in the process of getting quotes and including materials are north of $13k. That is WAY too rich for my blood. Because the prices are so high for install, I am most likely going to be doing this myself. Fundamentally I understand the process of putting in the patio. -Frame out area - Dig footprint ~7in deep - Level footprint and fill ~4in deep with road base - Place 1in tamped sand bed on top of road base - Place flagstone and edging for appropriate fit The parts I am having trouble with are the best way to keep a level fill given that my property is on a slight slope. I figure that I need to still be 7 deep at the top of the slope. When I am increasing the height at the lower areas, what is the best way to add that height? My initial thoughts are to use extra strip to create an edge to build up that corner, but I am concerned that it wont have sufficient strength laterally. Once I have the base built and surface stone laid, is there any particular secrets that I should know about getting a solid set using polymeric sand? On the elevated parts of the patio, the edging is only really being held in by the polymeric sand. Iis there anything I should do to make sure it stays in place? Denver-area monkeys: If you know anybody who does landscaping that is in need of any marketing/branding help, we would love an intro to see about some barter options.