How to Build a Patio

With a little creativity and patience, you can make a lovely patio. Build a patio and add beauty to your garden and home.

You don’t need a degree in engineering to build a patio for your home. The stuff you’ll need are available in hardware stores. Once you have them, you can start the construction.

Required Tools and Materials

  • Shovel
  • Sand
  • Paving bricks
  • Plywood
  • Mallet (the rubber type)
  • 2 x 4 (this will be your screed)
  • Broom
  • Stone gravel
  • Tape measure

Prepare the Site

Start by choosing the right location. Get an area map of your home. Go over it and see which area the structure will look best. Once you have chosen the right one, measure the available space. When you get the proportions, go to the supply store and purchase the bricks. Give the store manager the figures and you’ll get the right amount needed to build a patio. Order some reserve pieces just to be sure.

Dig the Area

Now you can start digging. It has to be eight inches deep at least. You can make it deeper than that if you like. When you get to the deepest point, level the ground. It must be flattened or the structure will not hold up. Use cement if necessary.

When it has been flattened, get some of the bricks and see if they fit. If they do, you can remove the bricks. If the ground is not yet level, fix it now. Use the bricks to test it.

Lay in the Bricks

Assuming the surface is level, you can now build a patio. In this example the brick size is 4” x 8”. They can be any size or pattern. It depends on what you bought. Align them carefully and follow the design you have in mind. Put in sand in between the gaps. Make sure you have plenty of sand if the flooring is a large one. Keep adding the bricks until the whole area is covered. When it is, you are done.

Tips for Choosing the Materials

Go through some catalogs or websites to see which designs are hot. One of the most popular is the basket weave, but you can go with other styles. To get a better idea of how to build a patio, look at the design of your garden. What do you think is the best pattern to go along with it? It’s your home, so choose what is most appealing to you. Also, consult other family members for more ideas.

Other Tips and Warnings

Check the flooring after a heavy rainfall. Too much water can cause the sand to disappear. Put some more if needed. This won’t be a problem if you build a cover though.

Wear gloves when handling bricks. If you carry a lot it could tear your skin or cause an injury. Workmen’s gloves are recommended as they are made for heavy duty use.

Never put the brick on bumpy surfaces and then step on it. No matter how thick it is, it’ll snap. Just put all the pieces in place when the ground has been leveled.

If you try to build a patio, you would be surprised at how easy it actually is. When it’s done, you can now relax and show it off to your friends and family.

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