The ability to differentiate between home repairs and improvements that you can make yourself and those that will require the help of a contractor is a very important skill to have. Not only will this skill prevent you from spending more money than you need to on professional services, but it will also help you to avoid costly mistakes by attempting DIY projects that are out of your league. It is my hope that this information contained in this blog will help you to obtain this skill. More importantly, it is my hope that once you have identified a project you wish to take on, this information in this blog will help you to get the job done.
Plants are an important part of creating a yard, but a few trees and a lawn is only a start. If you really want to make a nice yard, you need to add some hardscape. Hardscape is the word for the durable, inanimate elements in a yard. Arbors, patios, pergolas, and rock walls, are examples of hardscape features. If you want to start building a hardscape for your yard, you should consider starting with a patio.
Building a good patio is all about using the right materials. A patio should be made from materials that will hold up to the ravages of mother nature. Pavers are synthetic building materials. Because they are manmade, they are designed to have regular edges and surfaces. This makes pavers easy to work with, and they will give your patio a clean, even look. If you are looking for a more rustic look, you might consider working with paving stones. Stones are harder to work with because they don't have even surfaces or regular edges, so rather than following a regular pattern, you will have to fit the pieces together like a puzzle.
Building a Patio
When it comes to building a patio, the key to success is to start with the right base:
1. You will want to dig down six inches plus the thickness of your paving material.
2. Lay down a layer of weed mat. This will prevent weeds from growing up through your patio.
3. Cover the weed mat with a four-inch layer of loose gravel.
4. Cover the gravel with a two-inch layer of sand.
5. Go over the sand with a compacter. It is essential to make sure the sand is well compacted or else your patio will be uneven.
6. You are now ready to start positioning your pavers.
7. A good pattern is the key to a good patio, so take time to figure out a pattern before you just start laying down pavers willy-nilly.
8. Whether you are working with pavers or with stones, you will likely have to cut pavers when you get to the edges of your patio. Use a masonry chisel to make these cuts.
A nice patio made from pavers will make a good foundation for a barbecue. It can also make a good place to set out a lawn chair and soak up the sun. If you really want to get the most from your patio, you need to make sure that you follow the right steps for building a patio. For more tips or information, contact a landscaping company such as Michael's Landscape Design.