DIY Durable Patio for Your Backyard
During the warm summer months, many people enjoying sitting in their backyards enjoying a meal or chatting with friends and family. While not all homes are structured to be able to include a deck, installing a brick patio is a great alternative. Patios give homeowners a backyard area where they can have a table and chairs or grill for summer enjoyment. Brick pavers are a great choice when building a patio – these materials are durable, stylish and generally very inexpensive.
Tools & Materials for a DIY Brick Patio:
Directions for a DIY Brick Patio:
1. Prepare the Area: Locate and mark where the patio will be built – make sure to consider things such as what size patio is desired, how it will be positioned in conjunction with the home and what shape will best fit the look and feel of the backyard. Set one 12 inch stake in each corner of the patio area. Excavate the area between the stakes to a depth of 8 inches. Spread gravel, making sure to rake and tamp down so the area is a level surface.
2. Install the Edging: Measure plastic paver edging to go around the outside of the area and cut to the appropriate length. Install the edging around the outside boarded of the space and secure into place by hammering 12 inch spikes through the edging and into the ground.
3. Lay the Sand: Lay sand over the area inside the edging to a depth of one inch, using a rake to distribute evenly. Then, use a 2 x 4 wooden board to smooth and level the sand’s surface.
4. Install the Brick Pavers: Starting along the outside edge, begin laying the brick pavers. Use a rubber mallet to gently tap pavers into place. Continue laying brick pavers following any predetermined pattern until the area is covered. If the space has an irregular shape, it may be necessary to cut/break the brick pavers to the appropriate size/shape.
5. Fill the Joints: Once all the brick pavers have been laid, spread a thin layer of sand over the top of the pavers. Using a push broom, work the sand into the spaces, or joints, between the pavers. Spray the patio generously with water to settle the sand into the joints. Repeat this process until the sand completely fills the joints. Tamper the patio a final time to set the bricks into place.
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