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There is a nationwide trend towards creating outdoor living spaces. This is because people are looking for ways to make their home more livable, better use what they have and increase curb appeal. These outdoor living spaces usually feature space for entertaining friends and family while grilling, dining, eating and relaxing. Some people think of it as adding a family room without the roof.

For many, the building technique of choice when creating these spaces is using concrete pavers. These interlocking stones-called concrete pavers- are strong, durable and have grown in popularity worldwide. They are often used in walkways, patios, plazas and historic restoration projects.

Pavers are manufactured in a variety of shapes, textures and colors and can be easily removed and reinstalled. A patio is one kind of home-improvement project where pavers are increasingly being used. These patios are known for their durability and can create a new sense of space in a yard, particularly when extended to meet an existing deck. Not only are these spaces being used as an outdoor entertainment area, but people are adding barbeque pits, hot tubs and so much more.

There are a number of reasons why pavers have become popular in projects such as these:

1: Their uniform size and quality allow them to fit tightly together for a strong, interlocking surface.

2: Paver joints allow for a small amount of movement without cracking. That means they won’t crack like asphalt or poured-in-place concrete.

3: Their design makes them easy to install and repair

4: They can be installed by either a professional or a skilled do-it-yourselfer.

5: They’re available in a wide variety of shapes, colors and textures.

So how do you install them?

1. Start by planning what you want to do on paper.

2. Then lay it out where you want it to go.

3. Now you need to remove the sod and top soil about 5-8” depending on your area.
Tip: Use the sections of sod you have removed to make repairs to your lawn elsewhere as this is good sod you are removing.

a New Patio with Pavers4. Now install the base material landscape fabric and then stone dust or sand and pack it well.

5. It needs to be filled and most importantly packed until it is the thickness of the pavers below where you want the top of the patio to be.

6. It also needs to be leveled so with a straight 2×4 level off the surface so that it is smooth and straight. Make sure you repack the surface. You may want a slight slope on the patio away from the house so you have a little run off.

7. You may want to install an edge around the perimeter of the patio. If it has straight edges you could do this with a pressure treated 2×4. Or concrete. If the edge is curved use an edging sold with the pavers or a cement edging. If you are using cement do it after all the pavers are laid.

a New Patio with Pavers8. Now it is time to install the pavers. Take your time and make sure they are level to each other. You don’t want to trip on an edge. You can do this by using a rubber mallet or by pacing a box of wood on the Paver and taping it with a hammer. Do the very edges last as you may have to do some cutting to get them straight depending on the style of Paver you are using. This can be done with a skill saw and a carbrundium blade.
Be Safe when working with the stone and especially when cutting by wearing hearing protection, goggles and a dust mask, also wearing leather work gloves is recommended when you handle the stone and the base material. Both can easily cut your skin.

a New Patio with Pavers9. With the Pavers laid all you need to do is fill the joints between the Pavers with a little of the stone dust or sand. This will make them tight and keep them from rocking.

If you would like a little more detail on how to install check out my blog post on How to Install a Stone Walkway. I know it has some differences but most of the installation instructions are similar. By the way the article is in two posts.
Now you have a new Patio to enjoy all summer and for many years to come. It’s a great outdoor living space for entertaining friends and family and a place for grilling, dining, eating and relaxing. Don’t forget some new outdoor furniture to relax on the make the project complete.

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