The first step in patio construction is the renovation portion. This step is situation dependent. If you have a new construction area this portion can be pretty easy. Generally you will not have much to tear out, which will reduce costs.
If you have an established property this will be a little more time consuming. Grass, soil, and sprinkler systems need to be removed and or re-arranged. For a general patio you need to excavate about 6 to 8 inches down below your desired final grade.
What you use for a base material has a little to do with your local area and what materials you have available.
In our area we are using a product called ‘roadmix’. It is an aggregate that when compacted forms a semi solid ground base. It is the primary product used for roadway construction.
We use about 4 to 6 inches of compacted roadmix and a light top layer of sand when constructing patios.
What you make the surface area of your patio out of is nearly unlimited.
The basics are traditional brick, tumbled pavers, flagstones, and manufactured stepping stone type blocks. Within each of these major types of products are a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.
Brick and paver products will generally give the patio a cleaner more finished look. While flagstones will be more natural and rustic.
If you scroll down the page you can check out some pictures of different products available.
Landscape Patio and Walkway Product Pictures
Here are a few different product pictures.
Please keep in mind that there are many more options than just these.
If you have something in particular in mind, we can always match product too.
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Below are a few pictures of a cross section of how a patio and wall base should be constructed. These are incredibly important phases of patio construction that you cannot skimp on. This is where a lot of the cost comes into play when building a patio. It is ironic too, because once the patio is complete you cannot even see it.