How to Build a Patio In Your Backyard

How to Build a Patio In Your Backyard

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Installing a patio in your backyard may or may not seem like an easy project, depending on your DIY level. Learning how to do it is the easiest part. The hard part is doing it correctly. You will need a lot of patience as it can be a trial and error process for non-professionals.

While building a patio is a pretty straightforward process, there are definitely some things to know before start tearing up a section of your backyard.

Please be careful if you decide to try your hand at building your own patio. There is always risk involved when taking on a home improvement project of this size.

Here is one way to build a patio!

*There are slightly different ways to install a patio; this is the one that is the most DIY-friendly

How to Build A Patio in Your Backyard

The first step after deciding you want to have a patio in your backyard is to sit down and start planning. This is the most important step as it determines what your patio will look like.

If it’s your first time, you might be anxious to dive right into building your patio. But as with all home improvement projects, you will need to plan out everything before you start digging around. Otherwise, you may find yourself in a situation where your life gets in the way, and you end up stuck with a half-done patio in your backyard for who knows how long. 

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to build a patio from the ground up.

1. Decide on a Design for Your Patio

3D design of a patio

The patio design is one of the most important parts when it comes to planning and building your patio. You’ll want to make sure that it will be big enough to suit your needs and that the design is one you will like for a few years. Patios are straightforward to build but messing up and having to start over multiple times will try even the most patient of people.

To give your patio a more finished aesthetic or to help separate it from the look of the rest of your yard, you may want to think bout adding a retaining wall to your backyard. Yards with a slope may need a retaining wall to give you a level surface to build your patio anyway. They also help with drainage and other backyard issues.

Due to the various patio ideas you can find, it can be difficult to choose the one that best suits your home. We recommend researching several ideas so you can find the perfect one for you.

2. Purchase the Tools and Materials You Will Need

Once you’ve decided on the design for your patio, it’s time to get the tools and materials you need to start building. Without them, your patio may not turn out as you want it to, and then you’ll need to start over again.

The tools you need to build a patio include:

●        Marking spray paint

●        A hovel

●        A garden hose

●        Landscape rake

●        Garden stakes

●        A tape measure

You may have to add some materials if your patio has a more unique design, but the typical ones you will need to build one are:

●        Your choice of patio pavers

●        A paver base

●        Paver/leveling sand

●        Furring strips

●        Exterior wood screws

We recommend getting a professional to cut your pavers to the shape you want for your first patio project. If you need to cut them yourself, you will need to get a masonry saw, work gloves, and protective eyewear.

3. Prepare the Ground and Lay Down the Patio Base

Preparing the ground for a patio

Now you can start getting the area where you’ll be building your paver patio ready. Take your tape measure and marking spray and start outlining the area. Then, add the garden stakes and a mason’s line along the edge.

Starting at the base of your home, work outward and start shoveling out grass and dirt. We recommend using a wheelbarrow to move the dirt out of the way. Dig about four inches into the ground, making sure you dig an additional inch down about every eight feet. This helps water to drain away from your house instead of towards it.

Mark the correct height with your stakes, or adjust the mason’s line to make sure you are digging the correct height.

Once you have dug the ground to the right height and made sure that it’s level, you can start laying down the paver base.

Take your landscape rake and spread about four inches of gravel, then compact it so it’s nice and even. You can use a hand tamper or rent a plate compactor from your local hardware store. Then, wet the area with a garden hose to make it more solid and spread about an inch of paver sand over the gravel. Make sure the sand is level or your patio may be uneven.

4. Start Laying Your Choice of Pavers

Laying down patio pavers

Once you’ve finished preparing the ground, it’s finally time to start building your patio! This step is simple but usually requires the most time and attention. This step also needs the most amount of practice to get right.

Start laying your pavers or stones into the sand in the design you have chosen. Continue to lay them into place until your entire patio area is covered.

5. Add the Finishing Touches

Finished paver patio

Once you finish laying down all the pavers, place edging stones along the outside. You can secure them with concrete, mortar, or polymeric sand. This helps to give them a more finished and professional look.

Now your patio is done and ready for you to enjoy!

You Can Always Contact A Professional Patio Installer

These steps may make building a patio seem easier, but in reality, it takes a lot of free time, energy, and patience. Not everyone has the time to fully build a patio.

You can trust Outdoor Concepts to install a beautiful patio to help you make the most of your backyard. Fill out our contact form today so we can start talking about your project.