Whenever one thinks of designing their patios to be unique, bricks, pavers, or flagstones, they always believe that it is almost impossible to construct it without the professional patio installation companies. However, the fact is that building flagstone patios are fun as they are much like joining puzzle blocks where you have to keep on rotating the blocks until they fit together to form a suitable shape. Try out the DIY designer patios, and beautify your outdoor space within a limited budget.
Things you will need to create the DIY patios:
- Garden hose
- Gravel, Landscape fabric
- Builder’s sand
- Flagstones, bricks, or pavers
Steps to build your DIY patio:
- Outline patio design:
The first step to getting your designer patio is to define the outline correctly using a garden hose or stakes and string. Use a sharp spade to remove the sod and soil at the patio location followed by excavation of soil for the base of about a 5-inch-deep excluding the thickness of the flagstone, brick, or paver. Use a wheelbarrow to transport the excess soil to a low spot in the yard.
- Build up landscape fabric:
The next task is to outline the excavated area with landscape fabric. Though not a major step, but many professionals would suggest doing the same to avoid menaces of weeds from sprouting between pavers.
- Develop the base with gravel and sand:
The excavated area is to be covered with gravel and spread into a uniform layer of about a 4-inch-deep over the entire space. To settle the gravel and create a firm base, use a tamper or a rented plate compactor. Follow this up with adding a 1-inch layer of sand and spread as before.
- Place the stones:
Start from one side of the patio for placing of flagstones and keep on adding sand to give support and create a uniform layer beneath the stone. Place stones as close as possible and avoid spacing as it will inculcate weed formation between the rocks.
- Add the final touch with sand :
Once all stones are placed, you should sprinkle sands uniformly over the surface and sweep with a hard broom to fill up the gaps between the crack and use to water to get the sand hardened. Repeat these steps several times for a week.
Get ready for outdoor party
Decorate your newly formed patio with sitting arrangements and lights and plants and start enjoying with your guests. You can also call the local patio builders long island to add up a professional touch to your amateurish creation, and you will be shocked to see the results!