I personally could watch this video on how to build a stone paver patio over and over again. It just may have something to do with my husband with a sledgehammer in his hands. Just sayin’. Sorry, I digressed for a moment. Seriously, though this project truly came out beautiful with the help from a alot of hard working volunteers. Be inspired by the video below but first read these tips and suggestions from Dean before you begin your own stone paver patio.
[Dean] These are not ordinary pavers that you might get from a home improvement store. They are reinforced pavers that are able to hold together over spanning joists www.dekstone.com because of the internal reinforcement. They can even be used at higher elevations and are a great way to get a high quality decking material that doesn’t look like all the neighbors.
These pavers are heavy, 22 lbs. per s.f., so a 2 x 2 paver is going to weigh 88 lbs! Not only do you need to muscle up, but the support system for this weight needs to be beefy. That is why we used heavier joists and beams to accommodate the additional weight compared to wood decking.
Multi-level patios are far more interesting than just a big monolithic layout and can be used to designate different areas of use or circulation. Use different levels whenever and wherever possible, but remember that the change in elevation from one area to another should always be between 7″ – 4″. Anything taller is too high of a step and anything lower is a trip hazard. Use your interior stairs as a guide to give you a comfortable riser height!
Always check out the manufacturer’s website for installation details and always follow manufacturer’s recommendations. Do something else could void the product warranty and the manufacturer’s typically know the best and EASIEST ways to install their product correctly!
Always, always, always work from a plan! Just winging it will end up costing you more time and money! It doesn’t have to be fancy or beautifully done, but it should be accurate so that you can determine the amount of materials needed and develop a budget.
Doing your own labor can save you tons of money! Not only will you save on the gym membership, but just looking at projects from a materials purchasing standpoint can cut the cost of a project nearly in half! Click here for the list of materials you will need plus an estimate of the costs and click here for step by step instructions.
Always, always, always have FUN! It may be hard work, but you will be enjoying your landscape more knowing that you built it!