DIY Flagstone Patio

DIY Flagstone Patio / Pennsylvania Bluestone

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 & quicker to install than our reclaimed brick patio was & if I had to pick favorites this patio would be it!

DIY Flagstone Patio

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We created a flagstone or Pennsylvania bluestone patio walkway off of the family room of our century old farmhouse.  Stop by to see how we did it!  #diy #flagstonepatio #stonepatio #bluestone #pennsylvaniabluestone #walkway http://lehmanlane.net

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…

DIY Brick Patio - bricks before
DIY Brick Patio - sliding doors to area where flagstone Patio is going

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.

DIY Flagstone Patio / Pennsylvania Bluestone - dirt

We decided to use the bluestone/ flagstone for three reasons.  1) we were not sure we had enough brick to finish this walkway.  2) laying the brick was EXHAUSTING & took FOREVER.   3) we liked the idea that the flagstone has less gaps for weeds to grow & 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.

DIY Flagstone Patio / Pennsylvania Bluestone - grit

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.

Summer Garden Party - kitchen deck and patio

As you can see from this pic Moose played a pivotal role in laying the flagstone patio & we couldn’t have done it without him 🙂

DIY Flagstone Patio / Pennsylvania Bluestone

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.

DIY Flagstone Patio / Pennsylvania Bluestone - car tailgate

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!!!).

DIY Flagstone Patio / Pennsylvania Bluestone

We were very lucky that we had enough bluestone to lay the patio without needing to cut any pieces of stone.

DIY Flagstone Patio / Pennsylvania Bluestone - power washing stone

Once the stone was leveled we added pea stone between the gaps.

DIY Flagstone Patio / Pennsylvania Bluestone - pea gravel
DIY Flagstone Patio / Pennsylvania Bluestone
DIY Flagstone Patio / Pennsylvania Bluestone

I couldn’t be happier to how this patio turned out.

DIY Flagstone Patio / Pennsylvania Bluestone & brick patio

I think it ties in nicely with our brick patio.

DIY Flagstone Patio / Pennsylvania Bluestone
DIY Flagstone Patio / Pennsylvania Bluestone

We all almost done this backyard sunken patio but here is what we still have left to do…

Our Plan for this Sunken Patio

*to start from the beginning of our backyard patio plan check it out HERE*

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

Decorate

DIY Flagstone Patio / Pennsylvania Bluestone

Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my DIY Flagstone Patio!!!

  • Our Back yard Patio Makeover is DONE! (you can read about it here)
We transformed the backyard of our farmhouse by taking down a deck and creating a sunken brick and flagstone patio. Back Patio Makeover - Final Reveal / sunken patio / brick patio/ farmhouse backyard / patio makeover/ diy http://lehmanlane.net

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Comments

  1. Came out wonderful, Tara! Looks like lots of heavy-lifting work. This reminds me of the time (years ago) when Chris and I added some brickwork near our old pool. Everything has since been replaced but I recall how much work it took even for that small section. Congrats on work well done. I love how Moose was a big part of it. LOL!

    1. Thanks so much Tee! This patio project has definitely been one of our most challenging DIY’s to date but the end is finally in sight :). I definitely have more respect for the people that do stonework for a living!!!

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