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How to Install a Flagstone Patio

Transform an area in the backyard into a cozy outdoor gathering spot by setting flagstones to create a custom patio. The results of this easy weekend project will impress your summer guests.

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  • Time

    Weekend

  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Lay Groundwork

After determining the area and stones for the patio, prep the base with a layer of compacted gravel about 3 to 4 inches thick. Cover the base with a layer of coarse sand. This allows water to drain properly.

Step 2: Lay Stones

With the groundwork laid, begin placing the patio stones, beginning with the perimeter and working inward. Hit stones with a rubber mallet to secure them in place. Check with a level after each stone is firmly in place. Keep the size of the joints uniform for a clean look. Use a chipping hammer to shape stones for consistency.

Step 3: Finishing

For a custom touch, plant moss in the joint openings. Once the patio is in place, sweep sand across the top to fill empty joints and sweep away any excess. Lastly, dress the area: natural touches and comfy furniture are a few ideas.

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