Spring is supposed to begin in a couple of days- it certainly doesn’t feel like it here. It’s still flipping freezing and hope is waning in these parts. But as the snow melts (and we pray we don’t get any more) I can start thinking about outdoor living again!!! In the warmer months I spend as much time as humanely possible outside, it just makes me happier. So when we bought our house I knew I HAD to get a patio installed sooner rather than later. Luckily, we did to get to design and install a fabulous one last summer thanks to the fine folks at Quikrete ,Pavestone and Chris Miller Brick Paving. If you are thinking of adding a patio or re-doing one at your home this spring I thought a little step by step may be helpful!
We have a long narrow yard, but after living in the city for years it felt like a farm to us.
1. Product arrives! Yay! Site preparation – level patio area and remove any tree roots, stumps, or anything you may find (there’s more on this whole process in my book because it was kind of hilarious/dramatic.) The fun part of excavating any area new to you is you NEVER know what you might find!
3. Place the pavers on the level surface. I used the Venetian Stone™ Combo 80mm in charcoal and in 4 different sizes to achieve a slightly more “natural stone” look. The grey color is great and works nicely with the classic New England style of our house.
6. Pour and sweep in QUIKRETE HardScapes Polymeric Jointing Sand – this product is so great because it joins the blocks together to keep out insects and grass growth, while remaining flexible to give with the freeze thaw cycles throughout the year. Unless you live somewhere that is always warm where you don;t have to worry about such things, in which case I congratulate you for being so smart.
If you plan on doing something like this yourself Pavestone has many how-to guides on their site as well as Quikrete. Tune in this spring when we start our addition too as I plan on using a different product of theirs to do a lovely new retaining wall in our widened driveway (I know, it doesn’t sound like sexy stuff, but after living with a too narrow driveway for this long it’s the thing I’m most excited about!!!!)
Photos by Sarah Winchester Photography