Adding a patio to your yard can really improve both your home's value and your family's enjoyment of the space. Using brick pavers instead of concrete is a wise choice. This will make the installation less permanent in case you or future buyers of your home want to make a change. Pavers are also much easier to install than other hardscaping materials, allowing you to start enjoying your new patio that much sooner. For unexperienced installers, using a dry sand bed with no mortar is best. This will accomodate slight installation mistakes or yards that are not completely level.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Wooden stakes
- Rubber mallet
- Chalk line
- Garden hose
Measure the area where you'd like to install your patio. Use a rubber mallet to drive wooden stakes into the ground to mark the four corners. Snap a chalk line around the perimeter to connect the four wooden stakes.
Dig out the area within the stakes and chalk lines using a shovel. You will need to dig down 6" in addition to the depth of the pavers. Remove and dispose of the dirt and rocks you dig up.
Pour 4" of medium-sized gravel into the marked off area using a wheelbarrow. Use a rake to spread the gravel evenly across the surface.
Lay a single layer of mesh or poly moisture barrier over the 4" of gravel. This material comes in rolls and can be cut using a utility knife.
Add a 2" layer of sand to the top of the moisture barrier. The sand can be poured via a wheelbarrow or shovelled into place. Use your rake to even out the sand before proceeding.
Begin laying your pavers starting in one corner and working in even rows. The pavers should be installed tightly together, but no adhesive or mortar should be used.
Spread a thin layer of sand on top of the brick pavers. Use a broom to push the sand into the cracks between the pavers. Spray the sand with a garden hose to tighten up the joints and anchor the pavers into place.
Sweep away any excess sand and remove the wooden stakes to complete the project.