diy paver patio

 

Everyone dreams to have a patio in their backyard with a unique design of their choice. Building a paver patio is not as difficult as it seems to be. All you need to do is have a proper plan and execute it well.

You need to make sure that all the products such as stones paver base, joining sand, plate compactor, hand tamper, concrete stone cutter are available.

Generally, four types of stones used for building a paver patio.

1. Cobblestone: A cobble-sized stone used for pavements patios etc.
2. Veneer Stone: Any stone used for decorative purpose that doesn't bear any weight.
3. Flagstone: A joint group of flat stone pieces cut in an uneven shape.
4. Cut stone: Stone smoothened with a saw or a chisel.

Next, we create a plan:

To build a patio, you need strong and durable material. You need the right cement or fine sand to have the perfect base. If you create a list of things needed, it will be easier for you to check the availability of each item.

First you need to decide what kind of patio do you want? Is it in an oval shape, or a square, or with a path that leads to the backyard door?

Should it have a roof, a pit for a bonfire, plant hangers, or an inbuilt pole for an umbrella when it rains?

Once you have listed down your ideas, you can create a rough sketch of the design. You can always look online for design inspiration.

An important thing to keep in mind are the water and gas pipelines running underground. If you do not have a clear picture, we recommend talking to a consultant to figure out the right spot.

Choosing the right stone:

There are many types of stones available for building a patio. There are concrete stones which come in a variety of colors, and these are also budget friendly. You can also use bricks but they are not as durable as concrete.

A lot of people go for flagstone which is a flat, generic stone and has uneven edges. Flagstone is mostly used for patios and gives it an artistic look. You can also use Cobblestones, veneer stone and cut stone as flooring for your patio. The choice is entirely yours; however, we recommend you to keep in mind weather conditions while selecting the stone for your patio.


Preparing the area:

It is essential to know what kind of land do you have. There are different types of soil, which become moist very quickly and can lead to erosion. Similarly, the sand which stays dry all the time might need more effort while making a base for the patio.

After accessing the area, you can mark it as per your sketch with rope, wood or bricks/stones. Make sure that you cross check your measurements. Once you start working, there would be no going back. After this, you can begin outlining and digging for the paver base with a shovel.

Make sure you remove all stones and pebbles from the prepared area, else it will become difficult to lay down the paver base.

You must always remember keeping a slight slope towards the open end. Whenever it rains, there will be no water logging on the paver patio. The depth of slope should depend on the height of the paver base you are going to create and the height of the stones you have chosen.

Installing Wiring:

If you want to install lighting on your paver patio, make sure to install lighting cables before you add the paver base. It is a good idea to dig even deeper to lay cables to keep them at a distant from rain water.


Creating a flat platform:

After you remove the grass and dirt, you can flatten the base with a plate compactor. You can buy or rent a plate compactor from any hardware store (which also provides rental services). It makes the process easier and reaches every corner.


Adding base materials:

You may also want to add landscape fabric, so that wild plants like weed don't grow. You can add gravel paver base after the landscape fabric to give support to the paver. After spreading the gravel evenly, wet it and make it flat with a plate compactor. Plate compactor helps in making the base firm and strong.


Installing pavers:

If you want to create a low-level wall, build the wall before you install the pavers. You can use construction adhesive for attaching the stones. After you have made the wall, you can install the pavers (with 1/4th space between each stone). Use a string or balancing machine to know whether the blocks are evenly laid out in a straight line (make sure that you check every stone).


Adding Jointing Sand:

After installing the pavers, you need to add jointing sand between the spaces. Make sure the pavers are completely dry before you add the sand (it has additives which help in bonding). All the leftover sand on the top of the stone can be swept across and into the gaps. Settle down the sand with a hand tamper and add more sand if required.


Removing excess sand and landscape fabric:

Use a leaf blower to remove the excess sand and then remove the excess landscape fabric.

Beautification:

You can add colorful plant stands and flower pots to make your patio appear more vibrant. You can install fairy lights or lanterns to light up your patio at night. You can also DIY your furniture according to your patio space and theme. Adding a bar with wooden bar chairs along with a small pool could give a nice look for your paver patio.

You can buy ready-made beach chair lounger along with real wood coffee tables. It is a god idea to install posters to hang plants or for creepers to grow.

The best and natural way of keeping your patio neat and clean is to install a shed and plant creepers. When the vines grow, it creates a green umbrella that absorbs water when it rains.

Most people install a stone wall for a bonfire. We recommended creating the pit while the paver base is spread across and not after installing the stones.

While adding furniture for your patio, make sure that you have a theme. If you love star gazing, you should have lounger chairs or sofa cum bed to lay down and relax.

If you like to admire the view, keep wooden chairs with soft cushions.

There are endless ways to decorate your paver patio. Use your imagination and creativity to make it look beautiful and attractive.

Your DIY Paver Patio is now complete. You can be proud of yourself for creating such a beautiful paver patio with or without a landscape artist’s help.