Patio on the cheap?
April 3, 2010 12:45 PM Subscribe
Landscape filter. How much prep is absolutely required when building a patio out of pavers?
posted by Some1 to home & garden (12 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I bought this house last year, and it had been a rental for twenty years before that, no yard, just a mess. Now spring is springing and I need to do something, but money is short and I can't do all that I'd like to or need to do on it.
I plan on building a patio, about 10 x 14, using 16 inch pavers from craig's list. I know how to do this job properly: stone, sand, edging ... I built a path way that way once, and though it wasn't professional, but it looked good and held up. But I probably spent more on the sand and edging than I did on the pavers.
Since I'm using large stones, is it at all possible to just lay them on the dirt? I know it won't last as long that way (but, hey, I'm going to win the lottery any day now.), and will be harder to get level, but will it be usable at all, or will it fall a part by August? (We'll probably have lots of rain in the next two months here, and then none until fall).
So, I guess it comes down to: Is this a question of cost vs. aesthetics (a hard enough decision, but one I have to make myself.), or would taking these short cuts just be a huge waist of effort?
Thanks (and I don't have to be working on the yard while I await the answers.)