Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Patios & Walkways by Quayside

By Quayside

This booklet bargains readers the preferred patio and walkway designs whole with step by step, full-color picture directions. The tasks are reasonable but on-trend and hugely important, as they raise condominium worth and dwelling area. With enormous quantities of forms of brick and stone now on hand, its by no means been more straightforward to construct a dream patio—saving hundreds of thousands of greenbacks within the approach.

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You'll receive a printout of what the pattern should look like, along with a shopping list for the materials you'll need, all the way down to sand and spikes for your paver edging. II A traditional brick running-bond pattern can be created using rectangular pavers. This basketweave pattern is made with squares and Cobblestone paving with squares and large and small large rectangles. A border of small rectangles completes the design. rectangles create this circular pattern . Patio Projects • 63 I Circular Paver Patio C oncrete pavers are available in a range of sizes and shapes, making it easy to create distinctive patterns without a lot of cuts.

A rented masonry saw (also see Making Curves on page 62). It's preferable to cut pavers a little too small than to have very tight fits; the joint sand will fill small gaps. With the paving complete, drive the edging stakes into the rigid edging to lock the pavers in place. (continued) Patio Projects • 61 Making Curves ~ At rounded corners and curves, install border pavers (A) in a fan pattern with even gaps between the pavers. Gentle curves may accommodate full-sized border pavers, but for sharper turns you usually need to cut tapers into the paver edges so you don't end up with wide gaps at the outside.

This block requires no mortar-most types are simply stacked in ordered rows-and it has flanges or pins that automatically set the batter for the wall (the backward lean that most retaining walls have for added strength). Interlocking block is available at home and garden centers and landscape suppliers. Most blocks have roughly textured faces. You'll need standard blocks, corner blocks, and cap stones. Due to the structural factors involved, the recommended height limit for do-it-yourself retaining walls is three feet.

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