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Where to Begin When Designing With Patio Pavers

Paver Patterns for Patios


Start with a plan for a pattern of paving. You will try several paver pattern designs there. The easiest paver patterns to mount are jack-on-jack or moving bond patterns. More advanced patterns require more cutting, such as a herringbone pattern or pinwheel. Different shapes of pavers will give you additional options for pattern design. If you want an easy-to-install backyard patio design, consider stamped pavers that look like brick.

  • Make sure that all of your outdoor furniture is large enough for your patio and provides enough room to walk around.

  • If you add heavy items, such as a hot tub or a big barbecue, use thicker paving stones.

  • Consider sight lines from windows and doors, and how your project will affect them while preparing the site for your patio.

  • Pavers might be strong. Enlist a helper and deliver your supplies.


Check local building codes and your homeowner's association rules before you buy supplies or start working on your paving patterns and patio design to see if there are any limits or standards you need to meet. In certain cases, a permit may be compulsory.


How Do You Lay Concrete Pavers?


You need to create multiple layers to set up patio pavers or concrete pavers for a traditional patio installation:


  • 6-inch layer of gravel paver base

  • 1-inch layer of sand

  • Pavers

  • Polymeric/jointing sand in the joints between the pavers

Preparing to Lay Patio Pavers

Preparation is key to the success of a hardscape patio, like other projects.



Step 1: Mark the Layout for Your Paver Patio

Using strings and batter boards made of furling strips to mark the pattern. Two stakes and a cross piece that supports the string consist of a batter board. The arrangement can be changed by simply moving the strings along with the parts of the cross.


Step 2: Make Sure the Layout Is Square

A square patio diagram that shows the diagonals in the plan. When the diagonal dimensions are identical, the layout is square.


Step 3: Make Sure the Layout Is Level

To make sure the strings are level, use a line level.


Step 4: Create the Proper Slope

A plan for the appropriate slope. The patio needs to slope away from the tower, falling approximately 1 inch every 4 feet. To check the slope as you dig, a 4-foot level with a 1-inch block of wood attached to the end is helpful. Make use of the natural slope of your yard if necessary.


Step 5: Dig Out the Patio Layout

Withdraw the sod and gravel. The overall depth you dig relies on the height of the paver along with the foundation. At or a little above ground level, the pavers should rest. Beyond the strings, dig about 6 inches. The additional room allows space to keep the pavers in place for paver edging. Consider renting a sod cutter for large excavations. Using the level and block as you dig to maintain the uniform of the slope.


Step 6: Lay Cables for Landscape Lighting

If you're installing landscape lighting, bury the cables now.


Step 7: Compact the Soil

Tamp the region with a rented plate compactor after you've cleaned the soil. For small areas, you can use a hand manipulator, but the plate compactor makes the job easier and faster.

Are You Considering Purchasing Patio Pavers?

At DPG Pavers and Design, we’ve been providing our customers with specialized Landscape and Hardscape Design and Build services for over 30 years. DPG.Design, headquartered in San Ramon, California is the best curb-appeal and outdoor living space designer and installers in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Appearing on HGTV’s Curb Appeal and featured on Discovery Channel’s program Renovation Nation, our team of skilled designers and landscape engineers provides top-quality service and professionalism our customers love.  DPG Pavers and Design offers 2-D and 3-D conceptual home and landscape design plans that allow you to visualize your dream space and make that dream-concept a reality. 


Have a patio in need of an upgrade? Contact DPG Pavers and Design to schedule your free consultation today!

Where to Begin When Designing With Patio Pavers
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