Another day, another patio post :). We are so close to being done with this patio project, I can hardly believe it! Last week, I shared how we created our brick patio and today I am sharing our DIY Flagstone patio. This flagstone or Pennsylvania bluestone patio was so much easier and quicker to install than our reclaimed brick patio was and if I had to pick favorites this patio would be it!
DIY Flagstone Patio
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Before we laid the Pennsylvania bluestone or flagstone this patio walkway was an uneven, weed covered, hot tub blocking mess. Once the hot tub was moved (you can read about that here) the walkway off our family room felt so much bigger! We knew we wanted to keep this walkway open to improve the traffic flow and keep this patio area feeling open and airy.
Here’s a quick picture of what this patio looked like when we started…
After pulling up the old brick we had to dig out a lot of the dirt in order for the patio to be the right level coming out of our family room doors. Once the ground was leveled and at the right depth we added landscape fabric on top of the dirt.
We decided to use the bluestone/ flagstone for three reasons. One, we were not sure we had enough brick to finish this walkway. Two, laying the brick was Exhausting and took forever…. :). Three, we liked the idea that the flagstone has less gaps for weeds to grow and is heavier so the stone hopefully create a stable walkway outside of our doors.
We wheel barreled in a lot of grit to level and stabilize the ground under where the patio was to go. Once there was a few inches of poured grit we tamped it down.
Then we started laying the flagstone. We are fortunate that the bluestone was already here off of the patio by our kitchen. A previous owner had laid it under our tall Spruce trees as a walkway to the neighborhood behind our house. Although it looked nice off our kitchen we knew we would appreciate the flagstone more off of our family room and we didn’t use all the bluestone so there is still enough stone left to keep this walkway. Below is a picture from a Summer Garden Party I had last year.
As you can see from this pic Moose played a pivotal role in laying the flagstone patio and we couldn’t have done it without him :).
Once the grit was tamped and level we could start laying the bluestone. We used Jason car to drive the heavy stones from one side of our property to the other. Our kids and Moose thought it was so fun to be off-roading in our car and were always ready to hop in the back for each trip.
We washed the flagstone off with our power washer. The flagstone patio was laid one row at a time in just a few hours (which is the best part!!!).
We were very lucky that we had enough bluestone to lay the patio without needing to cut any pieces of stone.
Once the stone was leveled we added pea stone between the gaps.
I couldn’t be happier to how this patio turned out.
For now our old trusty grill is against the fireplace chimney but we would like to make a long table to place flowers and food on it for future parties and alfresco dining.
I think it ties in nicely with our brick patio.
We all almost done this backyard sunken patio but here is what we still have left to do…
Our Plan for this Sunken Patio
Demo Deck Save Brick from Previous Patio Dig an 8 foot by 8 foot space for our Hot Tub Build a retaining wall around the sunken patio Move the Hot Tub Level the Ground inside the Patio Use Reclaimed Brick and Create a Brick Patio Use Reclaimed Flagstone/ Bluestone for walkway in front of Sliding Doors
Landscape around Sunken Patio
Build an Arbor for the Entrance to the Patio
Bring the Outdoor Furniture Back
Build Outdoor Serving/ Potting Table
Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my DIY Flagstone Patio!!!
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