How to build a patio over roots?

Suzanne Bowman
by Suzanne Bowman
Our yard is riddled with surface roots from a huge tree that gives us some much loved shade. But we want an area to sit out. We have gotten contractor estimates for deck and cement patios and it’s just not in the budget. What can we do on the cheap?
The existing 8x8 deck leads out from the house right onto the main area of roots and a water mitigation system and egress. We’re thinking walk way out to a flatter area but even across the back of the house there are roots.
This is from the driveway, the house is on right and the offending tree against the fence. The covered item is a fireplace that can and will be moved away from fence and tree When we figure this out.
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