So last year I put in a patio. Here's a picture of the first major gathering:
Those are pretty much all teachers at the school I work at  we were celebrating the last day with students. Turns out English and Social Studies teachers can be cool too. BTW I still have a ton of leftover beer if anyone wants to swing by.
The origins of this patio began years ago when my wife told me she wanted one. And finally I gave in and decided to build her one. I began with this rough plan. There are actually two parts of the patio: one for the table (left) and one for lounging & reading (right).
It's not to scale. The only thing I failed to estimate well was the amount of work it would take! Before I could even start on the patio I needed to remove a whole bunch of bushes so that I could transplant the sod from the area I was digging out to the ground where the bushes currently were.



The plan then was to excavate and move the turf to where the bushes used to be. I had to dig down 6 1/2+ inches total since I needed 4 inches or so of base material, at least 1/2 inch of sand, and 2 inches for the patio block. I'm skipping ahead a bit, but when I'm done it should look something like this:
So after a LOT of sweat, I finally got all of the sod out plus a few more wheelbarrows of soil and I felt like I had 6+ inches pretty much everywhere. Then I framed it in.
At this point I thought I was in the homestretch of this project, but NO! Maybe halfway. My next job was to order the base material and start scooping it in there. How much to order? Well being the good math teacher I am, I estimated the volume needed by taking the the square footage by 1/3 (4 inches) for a total number of cubic feet. I looked around town for the best deals and decided to have local company Hedberg Landscape & Masonry deliver some. I looked on their website and found what I was looking for:
Problem. This stuff is sold by the TON! How many cubic feet are in a ton? This is summertime and I am supposed to be off duty!
So after a LOT of sweat, I finally got all of the sod out plus a few more wheelbarrows of soil and I felt like I had 6+ inches pretty much everywhere. Then I framed it in.
At this point I thought I was in the homestretch of this project, but NO! Maybe halfway. My next job was to order the base material and start scooping it in there. How much to order? Well being the good math teacher I am, I estimated the volume needed by taking the the square footage by 1/3 (4 inches) for a total number of cubic feet. I looked around town for the best deals and decided to have local company Hedberg Landscape & Masonry deliver some. I looked on their website and found what I was looking for:
Buff Limestone Class II
Problem. This stuff is sold by the TON! How many cubic feet are in a ton? This is summertime and I am supposed to be off duty!
Well with the help of the salesman at the company we figured out how much I would need. After delivery and taxes I spent $293 and started scooping:



Next, we leveled and compacted the base material, and it was time to start laying sand and leveling the block. Luckily my best friend's dad was free and he came down to help. Notice our choice of orientation for the pavers.
And here's the block we had left:
Finally, the finished product.
Maybe next time I should do this project with my class and I could justify using them as manual labor? Just a thought.
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