Step-by-step: how to build an instant patio

Use these photos and instructions to finish it in a weekend

Instant patio diagram
Troy Doolittle/Topdog Illustration

Instant patio diagram

Materials 

  • 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)
Optional:

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

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

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

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