Instant patio

It measures just 7 feet across. See how you can build it yourself in a weekend

  • Desert terrace

    5 patios in the round

    Get inspired by beautiful small-space retreats from around the West, and see how to make one of your own



  • Two 7-foot-long 2-by-4s
  • Two 1-foot-long stakes with pointed tips
  • String
  • Gypsum
  • 12 1-cubic-foot bags (about ½ yard) clean sand
  • One round slate or flagstone paver, about 17 inches in diameter (add two or more for steppingstones ― optional)
  • 150 used bricks (includes a few extras for color matching)


  • One 80-pound bag Quikcrete mortar mix
  • 1 quart mortar color


  • Rotary tiller or spade
  • Rake
  • Carpenter's level
  • Tamper
  • Hose
  • Rubber mallet
  • Bench broom


  • Bucket for mixing mortar
  • Grout bag
  • Trowel
  • Rag
  • Burlap

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