Create the perfect backyard patio

Looking for a new outdoor DIY project to get your hands dirty? Why not consider a backyard patio? These structures are highly durable and will be a great boost to the value of your property. This is a project that allows you to be very creative, some choose bricks with intricate designs while others go for a concrete slap that can then be shaped with designs while the concrete is still wet. Whatever idea you choose to go with this can be a very fulfilling job that will keep you busy for the summer.

 

Before you begin make sure you gather all the information so that you know what you’re doing. Take with a qualified masonry company if you’re unsure of the materials needed or how to go about it. They can do the whole thing for you but if you plan carefully you can pull this off yourself.

 

You can personalize your patio in an almost unlimited number of ways. Some like to add stones or other decretive effects. Buy a deck chair set with some lights to make a great dining area. A retractable awning in Vancouver is easy to find and a great thing to add which will also save you on energy costs.

 

Preparation

Before you even start digging first take the time to carefully select an area. If you get a lot of rainwater then choose an area with a natural gradient to help with runoff. Ensure as well that there are no underground power or water lines where you plan to dig. Once you’re confident of where to dig, gather the needed materials.

 

Materials

  • Pre-mixed concrete
  • Automatic cement mixer
  • Four 2×6 boards to build the form
  • Rebar, wire
  • Protective clothing
  • Shovel
  • Gravel

 

Digging and Excavation

Once you have the area lined out, begin to dig a 6” layer. Lay a slight gradient as you dig to help with water runoff. Next, add your layer of gravel up to the first 2″. Place the form boards on the layer excavated. The form should be level with the ground. You can add small stones from around your garden to act as support for the rebar.

 

Building

Places your rebar at even 2 feet intervals along the gravel. Tie them together with wiring. Next mix the concrete in an automatic mixer. Keep adding concrete and water until you have an even grey color that gives off a shine.

 

Begin poring the concrete from the area that is furthest from the mixer. Work your way back while adding small stones as you go. This is a crucial step so make sure you plan for it.

 

Finally, begin leveling off the surface using a screed. Pull it from end to the other and remove any excess concrete. Wait for a water layer to appear over the concrete. When this disappears again proceed with a float to even out any lumps. Finish off with a few design elements of your own. There are plenty of ideas to be found online.

You’ll next need to lay a plastic tarp over your concrete so that it can set properly. How long this takes will vary from each product so make sure you read any instructions carefully.