The Beginning of My Patio Project

The Beginning of My Patio Project

This past weekend I jumped headlong into the patio paving construction process. I mentioned this project in my August project post and here’s how it all begins. My first step was laying out the edging stones to figure out the layout of the patio. Now you might ask “wouldn’t it be better to draw a layout of the patio first?” You might be right but this worked pretty good for me. I laid the stones (which are about 12 inches long, six inches deep and four inches high) in the general shape I wanted the patio to be. Then I adjusted the patio in different ways until the edging stones fit with what we wanted. We probably changed its shape about 3 times, but all were minor changes.


Then on Friday my gardening partner (my almost three year old daughter) and I began excavating the grass from the area. The edging stones around the patio area helped to mark the turf area we needed to clear. My partner lasted about 30 minutes but it was the thought that counted, she just wanted to help!

This is where we are now. Saturday I unloaded a cubic yard and a half of limestone gravel. I had them mix crushed gravel and regular gravel together when they loaded it into the truck. The crushed gravel will pack down better and makes it easier to lay the paving stones. The gravel allows water to drain through the stones. While the gravel is spread it still needs to be evened out and the edging stones need to be leveled. I’ll do that gradually over the course of the week. After those steps I’ll pick up a load of sand and cover the gravel then set the paving stones. It’s good to finally see some progress on one of our major projects!

Dave

Dave has written GrowingTheHomeGarden.com since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.

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  1. Looking good so far Dave, can’t wait to see the finished product! It was nice that your daughter wanted to help, once they get to be teenagers they don’t, lol.

  2. Looking good Dave. That kind of help is always welcome. A couple more yrs & she will be wanting to do it all. He he.

  3. Can’t wait to see what kind of pavers you lay!

    Are you guys going to meet us in Nashville? Mother Nature is in, DP, Gail, myself and my friend Geri. Four Tennessean bloggers-hope you can come too. Let me know when you get a chance.

  4. I love watching projects come together. We plan on some new changes in our yards as soon as the weather cools.

    This is going to be a great patio to decorate.

  5. When is the BBQ..I’ll bring the slaw. You want tomato base or mayo base. Looks like we’re going to have a grand place to gossip.

  6. It looks great and coming along nicely. Lovely to see her plastic table at the edge! Too cute.

  7. You are brave to do this in the summer heat!
    Looking good and Cant wait to see the completed project!

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