July 16th, 2014
Categories: Uncategorized | This post was written by: Ashley Tucker
Creating a DIY outdoor oasis is the perfect opportunity for you to really put your artistic vision to work. It may be tempting to hand the job to someone else, but just imagine how proud you’re going to feel when you get to enjoy your hard work firsthand. Grand View Builders wants you to know that we are here to help bring your dreams to life. Follow along this step-by-step how-to guide for DIY tips on building your dream outdoor space.
Step One: Prep the Area
Before purchasing any materials, you need to measure the width and length of the area where you want to build your patio. Once you have the dimensions, you’ll need to call your local utility company so they can mark any water and electrical lines before you start digging. After this is completed, it’s time for you to paint and stake the perimeter.
Place stakes in the four corners of the area you’ve designated and connect strings between each stake. After this is completed, use spray paint the to outline the perimeter on the ground.
Step Two: Buy Material
Once your area is prepped, it’s time to purchase your materials. Before you can do this, do some math to make sure you purchase enough of each item.
The first layer for your brick patio is gravel. We recommend layering at least four inches of gravel down to secure your base. Calculate the patio volume to determine how much cubic feet of gravel you will need. Volume = Length x Width x Height.
Next, you need to lay one inch of sand above the gravel base. Again, determine the amount of sand you’ll need by calculating the volume of the area. Be sure to purchase enough for the sand to filter into the gravel base and leave space between the bricks.
Standard brick pavers measure four by eight inches. Calculate how many bricks you’ll need to fill your area. We recommend purchasing a handful of extra bricks so you have extra if you need to replace loose or broken bricks in the future. Bricks come in a variety of colors and textures, so be sure to go with something that compliments the exterior of your home.
Step Three: Dig
Once all these steps are completed, you are ready to start digging. Dig the patio seven inches deep with a slight slope (in the direction you want the water to drain). One-quarter inch of drop per every foot is standard. Use a measuring tape and a level to check the depth and slope of the patio throughout the process. Once this is finished, line the patio with landscape fabric to keep the area flat.
Step Four: Pour Gravel, Sand then Bricks
Next, cover the area with four inches of gravel. Periodically rake through the gravel to make sure the surface is level. After this, add the one inch of sand to the gravel base. Make sure the sand is completely level before adding the bricks. Next, lay the bricks on top of the sand in the pattern you’ve chosen with a one-fourth inch space between each brick. Periodically place a level across the bricks to make sure everything is even. After this is completed, tap the bricks with a mallet to set and level them. To really get the sand between the bricks, sweep some sand over the surface of the bricks so you can get in the narrow spaces. Lastly, mist the patio with a little water.
Final Step: Add Your Personal Touch
After your patio is completed, it’s time for you to add your own personal touch! Purchasing outdoor furniture, fire pits and landscaping flower beds will make this space feel extra elegant.
Building your outdoor retreat is just as easy and fun as designing any other room. Have fun with it! Invite some friends over to help and play some music outside to make this job a lot more enjoyable. Best of luck building you DIY patio!