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Laying pavers in your backyard or patio may not seem like an easy task. But when you’re on a tight budget you have to do it. Here’s how we did it.
We’ve been posting a slow progression of our mini backyard remodel the last few months.
In the back corner of our yard, we had a funky spot under the new pergola. It’s hidden and doesn’t get foot traffic. Of course, we’re trying to do this project on a tight budget so we decided to just put some inexpensive pavers down. Ry (a.k.a. my hubby) and Spence (a.k.a. my son) went to town cutting and fitting the pavers. This was a learning experience for Spencer, but he did great. Sometimes it’s just easier to do projects or tasks ourselves but I have to remind myself now and then… “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
After laying the pavers down it was time to apply the Polymeric sand. Basically as you see in the photo above you sweep the sand into the crevices between the pavers. Directions may vary product to product but our next step was to hose it down then wait for 20 minutes. This step was repeated several times.
We cut some corners since this area has no foot traffic (we didn’t do the 2-inch layers of decomposed granite underneath) so our pavers are not 100% level but we like that. It really gives it an old world Tuscan feel. This project was about 50 sq. feet and took about a half a day. We’re really happy with the end results considering this isn’t a major overhaul remodel.
As promised before and coming soon:
– Ryan’s garden beds
–My “not so typical” herb garden
–Ryan’s latest recycling idea. What do you do with an old mattress?