Patios That Enhances A Homes Appeal
Building a patio can enhance your curb appeal and lure prospective buyers in in a way that a barren backyard can not. Putting in the hard work and renovations now will pay off in the near future. Here’s how to build a winning patio that will become your home’s next major selling point.
Measurements & Marking Layout
Measure the dimensions of the surface area where you’re installing the patio. Don’t be hasty and start digging up the ground just yet. Contact your local utility company to come out and mark the subterranean electrical, gas and water lines. Sink stakes in the ground at each corner and connect with string to mark the perimeter—if you’re digging by hand.
To determine the complete patio height, measure the thickness of the paving stone. You’ll want to allow an additional six inches for the sand and gravel foundation, according to DIYNetwork.com. Patio-base thickness is directly correlated to soil condition. Low, wet soils require thicker base as opposed to well-drained soil.
For this next step, bring out the heavy duty machines. It’s possible to excavate your land with shovels and sweat-soaked toil, but renting a backhoe will alleviate the intense workout of digging up your yard. Finding the right tool can be hard if you don’t know what you’re looking for. The 2WD Terramite Backhoe Loader is just one of the SunBelt backhoe rental models with a hoe on its chassis for excavating. It’s capable of lifting 750 lbs and can dig 8′ to 8′ 8” into the ground—more than enough for your patio project. Follow the instructions and form a level grade by tamping down loose soil.
No one wants to see weeds sprouting from the patio’s cracks if it can be prevented. Purchase commercial-grade landscape fabric to install before laying down the concrete pavers. This fabric serves three roles: It prevents pavers from sinking, contains weeds under the patio and acts as paver reinforcement while ensuring that water is able to flow from the patio and into the soil, according to DIY Network.
Gravel & Sand
Laying out four inches of crushed gravel in your soon-to-be patio area should do the trick as a stable base. Depending on the area’s size, either use a hand tamper or power tamper to level the gravel bed. Next, you’ll want fill the rest with a two inch layer of sand. The sand functions as a smooth, leveling agent for the pavers. Use a screeding tool to flatten the sand to a perfect 180 degrees.
Edging & Paver Placement
Before placing the pavers, add aluminum edging around the area’s perimeter. It’s aesthetically pleasing and its light, flexible composition adds an extra layer of protection. Shear the edging to the the correct measurements and secure it into place with 8 inch nails. Pre-drill the holes to guarantee the nails penetrate the many layers.
Begin to set the pavers into place. DIY Network recommends beginning with the outer row by placing the pavers perpendicular to those set on the inside. Strike each paver down with a rubber mallet to firmly set it into place. Any pieces that don’t fit into the patio jigsaw puzzle can be broken with a chisel into a suitable shape. DIYLife.com suggests laying the patio sloped away from your home about one inch for every eight feet of patio. The sloping will ensure that rainwater drains away from your home’s foundation.
In real estate your exterior grounds can go a long way in helping sell your property. A beautiful brick patio is an item that usually will offer a high rate of return on investment. I hope you enjoyed the article and video on enhancing a home with a brick patio!