To make installation a bit easier, we decided on larger 16" square patio pavers rather than small cobblestone pavers. We saved some serious dough by buying the pavers at Home Depot where were able to use a 10% off Home Depot mover's coupon. We chose these BellaCobble Pavers by Pavestone. Each 16" paver stone has a quarter circle design, so four pavers together make this circle motif:
We needed to do some more heavy hauling since the pavers were dropped off on our driveway and needed to be brought into the yard via wheelbarrow. But once all of our groundwork was done, it was fairly simple to put down the patio pavers. The trick was to be patient to ensure the sand layer was level so the patio pavers were put down evenly. However, to ensure proper drainage away from the house we sloped the patio by a few inches.
One by one, we put down each patio paver until we were finally done!
Once all of the pavers were down, we added more sand on top of the pavers and brushed it into the seams. We finished up by watering down the entire patio area to solidify the sand and secure all of the pavers in place.
After a few weekends full of very hard work, we finally had our patio! Of course, we still weren't done the total backyard renovation! We still needed to add some furniture, decor, and plants. Check back to see how we put the finishing touches on our backyard makeover.
This project is featured on Transformation Thursday.