Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Patios & Walkways: by Editors of Creative Publishing

By Editors of Creative Publishing

This publication bargains readers the most well-liked patio and walkway designs whole with step by step, full-color picture directions. The tasks are cheap but on-trend and hugely useful, as they elevate apartment price and dwelling house. With hundreds of thousands of types of brick and stone now to be had, it's by no means been more straightforward to construct a dream patio—saving millions of bucks within the approach.

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The layout of the project area. See pages 40 to 45 for detailed instructions. Excavate the site to a depth that accommodates a 4" gravel Add compactable gravel for a 4"-thick layer after subbase, a 1" layer of sand, and the thickness of the pavers (minus the desired height above the ground). Extend the excavation 6" beyond the patio footprint. Use the layout strings or grade stakes to check the depth and slope as you work. Tamp the soil with a plate compactor. compaction. Screed the gravel flat with a straight 2 x 4 and use a level or the layout strings to make sure the surface is properly sloped.

Use the materials used on your house's exterior and other stone or masonry in your yard to inform your decisions on colors and shade. Be aware that some paver styles require set purchase amounts, and it's not always possible to return partially used pallets of material, so order carefully. In this project, we lay a cobblestone patio that uses three sizes of pavers (see page 58). Such pavers may be purchased by a fraction of a pallet, or band, minimizing leftovers. We've also included a row of edge pavers to create a pleasing border around the patio.

Circular pavers are ideal for building freestanding patios because their shape makes for a nice decorative feature. Tools & Materials Circular saw Hammer Drill Excavation tools Mason's string Line level Plate compactor Trowel Flathead screwdriver Shovel Push broom Circular paver units 16d nails Duct tape Lumber (2 x 2, 2 x 4) ~ Marking paint 2Y2 II drywall screws Compactable gravel Landscape fabric 1 or 1 W' pipe Straight 2 x 4 Washed concrete sand Scrap plywood Plastic patio edging Paver joint sand Eye and ear protection Work gloves Tape measure A circular patio is visually dynamic and its shape makes it uniquely suited to intimate outdoor dining and entertaining spaces.

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