Few things are as peaceful and relaxing as sitting on a rocking chair on the front porch. Of course, not having a front porch can make this scenario much more difficult to experience. While a rocking chair may not be in high demand, a front porch is. Building a front porch with brick pavers takes a lot of physical work, but the finished product is well worth the sweat that it takes to build one.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- Wood stakes
- Landscape fabric
- Base material
- Garden hose
- Brick pavers
- Rubber mallet
Measure the area where you want to build your front porch and mark the corners with wooden stakes. Make sure each stake is the same depth into the ground. Tie a string onto the stakes to form a perimeter.
Using a square shovel, dig a trench about 7 inches deep. Slightly slope the trench down, away from the house so there is a decline of 1 inch every 4 feet for drainage.
Level the foundation with a hand tamper. Tamp the dirt until it is flat throughout the entire trench.
Measure the landscape fabric to the size of the trench and lay it down.
Pour in the base material. Pour the bags of stones on top of the landscape fabric. Spread them out evenly. Lightly spray the area with water using a garden hose. Using the hand tamper, flatten the base material until it is compact, solid and level. Cover the base material with sand. Level the sand with a long piece of wood. Lightly spray water on the sand to compact it.
Lay the Base Foundation
Lay the brick pavers on top of the foundation that you have built. Start laying the bricks at the wall of your home and work outward. Lay them out one at time. If a brick is not level with the others, gently bang it with the rubber mallet until it is level.
Fill the joints of the bricks with sand. Cover the surface with sand and sweep the sand into all the spaces around the bricks using a stiff broom. Remove the excess sand with the broom.
Lightly mist the patio with a garden hose. If there are still gaps, repeat the sanding process.
Install the Brick Pavers
Tips and warnings
- Stones and sand for the base materials can be purchased at home improvement stores.
- Be careful not to dig up any gas or electrical lines.
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