Installing a paver patio in your yard is one of the best ways to transform an ordinary outdoor space into a wonderful gathering area. Using pavers to create your patio is quite economical and they allow you to choose endless varieties of shapes, sizes and colors. It will take work on your part to install a patio made of pavers, but you can easily do it yourself from start to finish.
In this post we walk through PART 1. – Buying The Materials
Measure the area where you want your patio. This allows you to determine how many pavers to buy, as well as how much of the other supplies you will need. Measure the length and width of the area you want to cover. Multiply the length times the width. This will give you the square footage of your future patio.
- If the shape of your patio is not square but you will use square pavers, you will need to estimate the square footage. Another option is to use pavers that are designed to be laid in round shapes. These type of pavers will require you to take different types of measurements to determine the amount of pavers needed.
Decide on the pavers to use for your patio. Pavers come in a multitude of shapes, sizes, colors, and prices, so you have decisions to make. When determining which pavers to use, compare how much it will cost you to cover the whole patio area. Some pavers are sold by the square foot and some are sold as individual blocks. Small pavers may be cheaper individually but they could end up costing you more in the end to cover your square footage.
- To figure out how many pavers you will need, multiply the square footage of your patio by the stones per square foot of the pavers you are considering (a number that should be on price labels or listed on product specs), this will give you the number of stones needed. For example, if you are making a 100 square foot patio and the pavers you are using are listed as 4 square feet per piece, multiply 100 by 4 and the total number of pieces you will need is 400. Once you have that number, you can figure out how much specific pavers will cost you overall by multiplying the number of pavers needed by the price per paver.
- Remember, pavers can be arranged in a multitude of different patterns; one of our sales associates here at Lagasse Design Center will be able to make suggestions if you can’t decide.
Purchase pavers and other supplies. You will need more than pavers to install a patio. The patio should include a layer of gravel and a layer of sand below the pavers, as well as a barrier to keep the pavers in place. All of these supplies should be purchased before you start your project.
- To determine the amount of gravel and sand you will need to buy, determine the volume of the space you are filling or the cubic feet and cubic yards. The gravel should be at least 4 inches deep and the sand should be over 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick, so these measurements should be multiplied by the square footage of the patio. This will give you the cubic feet you need. If all else fails, we are only a phone call away. We will be happy to help you calculate what you need for your paver patio.
- When you purchase pavers makes sure you buy at least 10 percent more than you plan to use. Paver blocks can break or you may need to cut some to fit around obstacles.
Stay Tuned For Part 2…