can be an intimate outdoor space or a wide expanse for barbecues and
entertaining. Choose from a wide variety of patio pavers and select a
style that complements the location. Make
it even more inviting
with furniture, umbrellas, lighting, and a chiminea or
for cool evenings.
the patio will be used usually determines its location. Patios for
sunbathing obviously need to be placed in a sunny location, while
barbecues will be easier on patios placed close to a kitchen.
the patio area with stakes and string. Then, using a spade,
remove about two inches of soil from inside the boundary. The
depth should be about an inch deeper than the depth of the pavers that
are being used.
soil smooth and compact with a roller or
tamper until level. (If the patio is near the house, a slight grade
away will encourage water runoff away from the home.)
install edging around the perimeter of the patio to keep pavers
in place. The
edging could be 2x4 redwood planks, a band of concrete,
or concrete footing
with bricks laid flat in mortar on top.
a bed of fine sand over the excavated area and start laying pavers
on top. The arrangement will depend on the type of pavers, whether
bricks or flagstone or patio blocks.
Start in the
irregular-shaped stones and fit them together as you move outward.
Square or rectangular stones or bricks can be laid starting at one side
of the patio. Level the sand if it becomes uneven.
the patio is designed to fit the size of the pavers, cutting stones
or brick won't be necessary. Otherwise, cut pavers that don't fit with
power saw using a diamond saw masonry blade. Bricks can be cut with a
broad blade chisel and hammer.
any pavers that don't
fit with a diamond saw blade. You can avoid having to cut stones if you
adjust your patio design to fit the size of your pavers.
Sprinkle pea gravel or sand
on the completed patio. Use a hose to rinse it into the gaps between
The Practical Handbook of Patio and
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years,the concept of
outdoor living has been adopted by more and more families. Basically,
all it means is that the family gets as much enjoyment from activities
conducted outside as inside.
To do this, the outdoor living environment - the patio and its environs
- must be properly equipped; stocked, as it were, with all the things
an individual family needs to get the maximum enjoyment with the least
inconvenience. The thrust of this book is helping you, the handyman,
equip it yourself. I've striven to include plans and ideas for the
things anyone would need. Most basic, of course, is the patio
itself -- your outdoor floor.
I have included other projects as well, because homeowners have a
crying need for more information on them. For example, there are
instructions on how to build a driveway. Not just any driveway, but one
that will last for years without cracking. Elsewhere, you'll find
information on making simple edgings and retaining walls, an
information on how to make a variety of carports.