How to Build a Patio Out of Brick Pavers

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How to Build a Patio Out of Brick Pavers
Small Patio Made of Pavers (Wiki Commons)

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
  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Gravel
  • Rake
  • Sand
  • Pavers
  • Garden hose

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Instructions

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    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.

  7. 7

    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.

  8. 8

    Sweep away any excess sand and remove the wooden stakes to complete the project.

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