How to Build a Sand-Based Patio

Building a patio is well within the skill level of the average homeowner. This patio is designed for pavers not mortared in place; the options on the last page offer alternative ways to finish the patio.
Brick patio with formal plantings

The method described in this article is for a square patio, but the process can be used to make any rectilinear shape. Because the bricks are not mortared in place, a sand-based patio is very forgiving to the inexperienced builder. The materials listed below are needed to build the basic patio described on the pages that follow.

Materials List

  • String and stakes
  • Mattock and shovel
  • Landscape fabric
  • 2x6s
  • 8d galvanized nails
  • Expansion-joint material
  • Gravel
  • Screed
  • Sand
  • Pavers
  • Broom

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