Backyard Patio Ideas

Backyard Patio Ideas

Part 1 of 3:  Planning

 

 

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Backyard Paver Patio

Backyard Paver Patio

 

Building a Brick Paver Patio is not a difficult Project, but it is somewhat labor intensive. However, not only will this type of Project add value to your Home, it will last a very long time and give you much enjoyment over the years. It is definitely a worth while investment.

In these Step-by-Step Instructions, I will teach you how to build a Paver Patio the proper way, so that you will get this long lasting enjoyment with very little maintenance over the years. These Instructions can also be modified to apply to installing a Patio Block Patio, Flagstone Patio, or a Brick Paver Walkway, etc. The basics will all be the same, only the outcome will vary with your choice of Materials used, as well as the Designs and sizes of your particular Projects.

While you can certainly build your Patio more cheaply with Patio Stones instead of Brick Pavers, be aware that Patio Stones will not last as long as the Pavers. They will deteriorate faster over time. Pavers can be a lifelong investment.

You can also build your Patio using Flagstone, if that is the look that you prefer. However, you should keep in mind that Flagstone is often more irregular on the face, so it will be difficult to get your Patio Furniture to sit level without rocking. I would recommend using Flagstone for a Walkway Path rather than for a Patio.

The amount of each of the Materials & Supplies Needed will vary by Project size and location. You will need to first Assess your Project and take some measurements before you can order the correct amounts needed.

Make sure that you carefully go thru the Tools & Supplies Needed list before you place your order, so that you can also order any of the Tools on that list that you do not have. There are several specialized Tools Needed for this Project that you may not already own.

 

Materials & Supplies Needed:

The amount needed of each of the following Materials will depend on your Project size and location. Please refer to the Step-by-Step Instructions for calculating the proper amounts:

  • Can of Marking Paint
  • 1# Box of #4 C.C. Cooler Nails
  • (1) 8’ – 2” x 4” Perfectly Straight and Level Screed Board
  • Plastic Edging (for any sides of the patio that will be adjacent to grass)
  • 10” – 12” Galvanized Edging Nails
  • Sod Staples (if using curves)
  • Limestone Screening
  • Torpedo Sand
  • Brick Pavers or Patio Stones or Flagstone
  • Polymeric Joint Sand

 

In order to purchase any Materials & Supplies Needed, see the appropriate page in any of the drop-down pages under:  Home Products – Supplies  in my Top Menu.

Scroll down the list to find the correct item. You will find an explanation of that item, as well as, links under each item, which direct you to my Recommended Suppliers for you to check out their offerings.

 

Tools & Supplies Needed:

  • Safety Glasses
  • Work Gloves
  • Steel-Toed Work Boots
  • 25’ or 100’ Tape Measure
  • Corner Square
  • Claw Hammer
  • 3# Baby Sledge Hammer
  • Snap String
  • Line Level
  • Tarps (amount and sizes dependent on project size)
  • Flat-Head Spade Shovel
  • Sod Cutter Rental for large patio areas
  • Long-Handled Flat Shovel
  • Rototiller
  • Pick
  • Wheelbarrow
  • 12” Bow Rake
  • 24” – 36” Aluminum Leveling Rake
  • 24” – 1” x 2” Stakes (amount dependent on project size)
  • Circular Saw, Compound Miter Saw, or Hand Saw to point the stake ends
  • 4’ Level
  • 3 – 10’ 1/2” EMT Conduit
  • Pipe Cutter
  • Hand Tamper
  • Several Cardboard Boxes
  • Stanley Knife
  • Knee Pads or Foam Pad
  • Large Head Rubber Mallet
  • Wet Saw for cutting pavers
  • Push Broom
  • Garden Hose with Spray Nozzle
  • Wax Yellow Crayon
  • Wet Saw with Wet Saw Blade

 

In order to purchase any Tools & Supplies Needed, see the appropriate page in any of the drop-down pages under:  Home – Garden:  Tools and Equipment List  in my Top Menu.

Scroll down the list to find the correct item. You will find an explanation of that item, as well as, links under each item, which direct you to my Recommended Suppliers for you to check out their offerings.

 

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Step-by-Step Instructions

 

Step 1 – Assess the Project

 

The first Step in any Project is Assessment. You should take the time to stand back and visually imagine your Patio finished. You must begin by choosing a location. If it is directly adjacent to your Home, you should make sure that it will look well balanced and properly sized for your needs.

Take into consideration the placement of lower Windows, Doorways, and the size should allow for ample room around Patio Furniture, Barbeque Grill, and any other items that you intend to keep there, such as Flower Pots, Garden Hoses, a Fire Pit, etc. Make sure that you account for everything that you intend to include. Draw up some Designs with measurements.

 

  • Even if you are not much of an artist, you should take some scratch paper and draw up a few crude Designs. Use a Tape Measure to physically measure the proposed location of your Patio, using a Screwdriver or Rock to mark the corners.

 

  • You should also mark where each of the items that you intend to place on it will be located. Either place something to mark each corner of the items where each will be staged, or take the time to draw up a Design to scale. Do not just guess. You may be sorely disappointed if you do not estimate correctly. You can use some Screwdrivers or Rocks to mark out the corners of your proposed dimensions, and use a Garden Hose to lay out any curves.

 

  • Once you have settled on a size and shape, you need to decide on the exact type, style, and color of the Pavers or other Materials that you intend to use. Will your Pavers be rough or smooth? Will you use more than one color? You may need to go to the Supplier that you intend to use, to visually look at the products before ordering them. Sometimes the colors in the pictures on the internet are not always as accurate as seeing the items in person.

 

  • You will then need to choose a pattern for your Pavers, and decide if you will also incorporate a different colored Paver into a pattern within your Patio, and/or if you will have a different color for a perimeter border. There are many, many, different choices. Be creative, but keep your ideas pleasing to the masses, keeping in mind that you at some point in the future you may sell your Home. Paver Patios last a long, long, time.

 

 

The following picture shows some simple Paver patterns:

 

Paver Patterns

Paver Patterns

 

 

  • You can even get really creative and incorporate a Logo or a Design of your choice. Layout a pattern on paper and cut it to scale. Keep it relatively simple, as it is best not to have Pavers cut to sizes less than 3” in order to keep them stable.

 

  • At this time, you should also plan on what you are going to do with the Grass and Soil that you will be removing in order to install your new Patio. If you have bare spots in other places in your Yard, you may be able to transplant some of the good Sod removed in order to repair these areas.

 

  • You may have low spots in either your Yard or Planting Beds where you can use some or all of the Soil that you will be removing, or you may consider building a raised Planting Bed or Garden. Otherwise, you will need to know how you are going to dispose of the removed items. Planning ahead will help you avoid waste or double work moving things more than once.

 

  • When you have your Materials delivered, you should have them placed as close to your proposed Patio area as possible. If they are not being placed on your Driveway, you should lay down a Tarp for the Screening and Sand before having them placed. The Screening should be the closest to your proposed Patio area, then, the Torpedo Sand, then, the Pavers. This is the order in which they will be installed.

 

  • The Screening and the Sand should both be covered with Tarps until you are ready to install, in order to prevent them from getting wet due to rain, which will make them much harder to move.

 

Step 2 – Create a Materials & Tools Needed Sheet

 

Before you can create your Materials & Supplies Needed sheet, you will need to know the dimensions of your Project, as well as the dimensions of the Pavers or Patio Stones that you will use.

Please see my Post:  How to Calculate Amount of Material Needed  for information on calculating these amounts based on your Project size.

Remember, make sure that you carefully go thru the Tools & Supplies Needed list before you place your order, so that you can also order any of the Tools on that list that you do not have. There are several specialized Tools Needed for this Project that you may not already own.

 

Step 3 – Calculate Project Cost

Step 4 – Order Your Materials & Tools Needed

Step 5 – Inspect Your Delivery

 

After reviewing the information here, additional information to complete these first (5) Steps is found in the page:  5 Steps for Project Management.  Simply click on that link and you will be directed there.

After completing those first (5) Steps, continue this Project by clicking the following Link:  Backyard Patio Ideas – Part 2 of 3: Construction  and continue on to Step 6.

 

Please take the time to leave a Comment or ask a Question in the Comments section below. Let me know how your Project went.

 

Sincerely,

CJ Dodaro

 

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