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How To Build the Ultimate DIY Patio

Nothing says outdoor living like spending time on the patio grilling and drinking lemonade. But what if you don't have a patio? Don't worry we have a solution for that. Follow these DIY steps to build your own patio and you'll be relaxing with a glass of lemonade in no time!

  1. First thing is first. Call your local building department to see a permit is required before you start. Then decide where you want your patio to be. Determine the size and dimensions carefully. Since you'll be spending a lot of time on your patio you want to make sure to choose the perfect location.
  2. Use wood stakes to determine the corners of the patio and place additional wood stakes approximately 2 feet apart to outline the perimeter of the patio. Then use rope to connect the stakes to provide a visual outline.
  3. Remove grass and weeds from the outlined area then add a thin layer of gravel. Make sure this area is level and not covered with any debris. Once this is complete place 2x4's around the perimeter of the patio as forms to frame in your patio. Cut the 2x4's so that the inside dimensions of the forms equal the patio area, otherwise your patio will be smaller than intended. Provide extra stability to your forms and nail them to the wood sakes along the perimeter.
  4. Now you are ready for the concrete. Depending on the size of your patio you may want to consider renting a mixer or ordering a concrete truck. Mix the concrete according to the directions on the bag. Also, make sure to wear long sleeves, protective eyewear and gloves before you start mixing.
  5. Pour the concrete and make sure to spread evenly within the forms. Since concrete is heavy use a shovel or rake to help move the concrete in hard to reach areas and corners. For added stability you may want to embed steel mesh in the concrete as well.
  6. Next, you need to use a process called screeding. Level the top of the concrete by dragging a straight 2x4 over the top using a back and forth sawing motion.
  7. Now, create a smooth finish on your concrete with a bull float. Once you complete this process water will sit on the surface, don't be alarmed. Simply wait until the water disappears before moving to the next step.
  8. When the concrete can support your weight you will want to add grooves to the slab every 8 feet. This will help the concrete shift over time with the ground and reduce the likelihood of cracking.
  9. Allow concrete to cure and harden for at least 48 hours before you remove the forms.
  10. Enjoy! Now that the hard work is done you can sit back and relax on your new patio.

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