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A backyard patio is the perfect way to enjoy a summer evening.

Outdoor patio spaces create a welcoming and relaxing place for entertaining, or just unwinding at the end of a long day. If you’d like to spend more time in your own great outdoors, then this DIY project might just be what you’re looking for.

Installing new patio pavers isn’t for everyone, but if you’re up for the challenge, Envision has some tips to do the job right. Once you’ve got a plan in mind, there are a few tasks to check off the list before you can get to work.

Check Local Building and HOA Codes

There may be certain restrictions in your area pertaining to what is permitted; in some places you may need to apply for a special permit to build your own patio. It’s also a good idea to check in with your Homeowner’s Association in order to avoid unforeseen problems or potential fees.

Choose Your Patio Pattern and Material 

Put in the research to select the right paver type for your project; different pavers work for different purposes. For example, are you planning to do any grilling or to install a hot tub? You’ll need a type of thicker paver for that.

After you settle on a paver material, you’ll need to decide on color, texture and a patio pattern for the arrangement of the pavers. Maybe you’re looking for a herringbone or diagonal style – or an inset design with a running border? Different patterns require different cuts and calculations – and all of this will affect the amount of material to order. Advance planning is important as paver materials are in demand and shipping can also delay the start of your project.

Measure Your Space

Your planned patio area should include enough space to fit your outdoor furniture and also leave walking room. You’ll also want to make sure your patio placement doesn’t interfere with yard drainage. Plan your future patio space to best complement your home’s exterior as well as the rest of your yard.

Prep Work

Now that you’ve done the math, be sure your 100% set for a success. Double check measurements, make sure all is square, and rough in your space with a shovel, stakes and string. You’ll also want to properly slope your patio area for rainwater drainage and you might consider burying conduit or an underground channel for wiring future landscape lighting.

The foundation below the pavers should be prepared based on the type of paver being used for the patio. Typically a 1″ layer of sand on top of a 6″ gravel base is used. Remember to pack the paver foundation thoroughly. Once all the prep work is complete, it’s time to move on to installation.

Installation Process

If you plan to pick up the pavers from the supplier yourself, don’t underestimate their weight. Materials management is a job of heavy lifting when it comes to patios! If the supplier offers delivery, it may be a good idea to take advantage of the service. Laying the actual pavers depends much on the paver materials and design you’ve chosen. If cutting your pavers is necessary for the design, renting a professional quality concrete saw is essential. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when installing the pavers you’ve chosen and, in general, be sure to keep the installation square and level.

Between the Pavers

Once setting pavers, polymeric jointing sand should be swept into the cracks between the pavers and then hand tamped to settle the sand. Be sure the pavers are dry for before starting! The sand helps keep the pavers from shifting around, and also works to prevent weeds from peaking up from between the pavers. With a good sweep and an assist from a leaf blower you’re nearly done. As a final step, wet the new patio with a hose and then allow the sand and pavers to set for 24 hours before using the new surface.

Ready to Relax

Add patio furniture and border plantings to complete the look of your new outdoor space. DIY patios are a lot of detailed work and a fair amount of heavy lifting but, with proper research and attention to detail, your patio project should be a great success!

If you’d rather have the Envision team help plan and install your new patio, we’re here to help! Our team of landscape and hardscape experts will have your backyard patio installed in tip-top shape in no time at all. Contact us online here or, give us a call today at (816) 788-0808 for a no obligation consultation.