Summer is here, and we are spending more time outside of our homes. Patios are great amenities for hosting guests or just relaxing outside the house. However, not every home comes with a patio. If you are looking for a fun project this summer, consider creating your very own patio to help enhance your home’s exterior aesthetics while being functional. Go out back, relax, grill, and enjoy the sun after you use these steps to build your own patio:
Go to your local home improvement store or gardening center to pick up some paver bricks-this is going to be the base of your patio. You can do all sorts of patterns and designs to match your style. Decide if you want a simple layout or a more advanced style like herringbone or pinwheel. This decorative look will enhance the exterior of your home while adding to your personal style.
Mark the Area
Get lawn spray paint and mark the area in which you plan on laying your new patio. If you will have pathways running off the patio, mark these outlines as well. You will want to contact a professional to make sure you know the location of all electrical or gas lines. You can do this by simply calling your local utility company. If you plan on putting walkways, try to have them at least 36 inches in width. You may want to use stakes and strings to create an even straight path. Once your area is marked, it is time to break ground.
Every patio needs a solid foundation. Remove the top layer of the ground by creating a trench where your patio will be. You will be adding two layers prior to adding your patio brick. Most experts will suggest adding a weed barrier prior to adding these layers. Your first layer will be 6 inches of gravel-this will help with irrigation and give your patio bricks a foundation. Next, add a thin layer of sand. This sand can allow each brick to lock into place. Most experts will suggest adding a weed barrier prior to adding your gravel. You can finish by pouring and broom sand into all the joints. Have a level to make sure that each brick is sitting even.
Remember to stay hydrated while working in the sun. This project can take a full day or more, but it is very rewarding. For more curb appeal and exterior home improvement ideas, make sure to subscribe.