Building a patio is a great way to maximize the use of your outdoor space and it makes a great summer gathering place for friends and family. You could spend thousands of dollars to hire a professional to build your patio, but before you do you might want to look into doing the work yourself. With proper planning and some simple tips and tricks, building your own DIY patio is completely doable.

Tips for Planning Your DIY Patio

Before you start planning your patio, take a good hard look at your property and think about what kind of design would work best. A flat, single-layer patio is typically the easiest to build, but it isn’t too much more difficult to build at different levels and to connect them with a set of stamps or a simple ramp. When it comes to the design of your patio, don’t feel like a simple square or rectangle are your only options – a patio with rounded edges tends to be the best use for outdoor space and it won’t look like your patio is ending so abruptly as it might with square edges.

In addition to thinking about the design for your patio, you also want to think carefully about the materials you choose to use. Natural stone is very expensive, but it looks great – large concrete pavers are also attractive and their size reduces the number of stones you need to use.

One thing you might consider is combining a more expensive material with a less expensive one. Pair natural stone with gravel or space out your large pavers with grass joints to create a natural-looking path. If you really want to save some money, purchase hollow concrete blocks and split them in half using a masonry chisel and a hammer to create two rectangular concrete pavers from a single block.

Construction Tips for Building Your Patio

Before you start to build, it is a good idea to check with your local city office to see if there are any building codes or regulations you need to comply with. When you’re ready to get started, outline the size and shape of your patio using stakes and string, making sure to measure very carefully so you get things right the first time.

The night before you’re ready to dig, water the soil so it is easier to dig and then dig down at least six inches to lay the foundation for your patio and don’t forget to put down a layer of landscaping cloth to prevent weeds from growing through. Pack in your sand or paver base using a tamper to create a solid, level plane to start from and then lay your stones.

Once you’ve finished, line the edges with metal or vinyl edging to give it a nice, clean look, then adjust your landscaping to create your finished look.

Designing and building a patio from scratch is no small task, but it can be made manageable with proper planning and smart construction. If you want to maximize the use of your outdoor space this summer, consider building a patio outside your home.