A backyard deck is the perfect gathering place during warm weather. However, it can become crowded when the grill is also stored there. Free up some outdoor space by building a decorative concrete patio to hold the grill. Add a walkway from the patio to the backyard for easy access and you have a new outdoor focal point that will also keep you grilling for years to come.
You will need:
• 1 concrete walkway form in style of your choice
• Fiber-reinforced concrete
• Liquid cement color
• 5-gallon bucket
• 2×4 boards
• Cement finishing trowel
• Concrete sealant
• Cement mixer
Step 2: Place 2×4 boards along both sides of the length of the patio and pathway to create a border.
Step 3: Pour the liquid cement color into 5 gallons of water and mix it thoroughly.
Step 4: Use the cement mixer to mix the concrete according to the manufacturer instructions. Pour the combined color and water into the concrete mixture. Since you are using fiber-reinforced concrete, no rebar or wire mesh is needed.
Step 5: Place the cement form in the desired location. Fill it with concrete and then smooth and level the area using the finishing trowel. Let the concrete sit for 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully remove each corner of the form from the concrete and pick up the form.
Step 6: Rotate the form ¼-turn to create a varied pattern for the next section. Repeat the process of adding concrete, smoothing it to a level height, removing the form, and turning the form ¼ turn, until the walkway has been completed.
Step 7: Let the concrete dry overnight.
Step 8: Pour some sand into a clean bucket. Pour the sand over the cement and use the broom to sweep the sand into the gaps in the cement.
Step 9: Allow at least 28 days for the concrete to cure. Seal the patio and walkway with a sealant that features the desired finish.