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How to Install a Gazebo with a Path

Use edging and flagstone to create a pretty path and install new weather-resistant composite deck boards for a beautiful outdoor space.

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  • Time

    Several Weekends

  • Price Range

    $1,000 - $2,500

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard

Highlights:

Step 1: Build a Flagstone Path

Flagstone is flat pavers that often have irregular edges and are made from sandstone, limestone, or slate (Image 1). First, use a spade to dig a small trench along the edge of the future path. Then use a reciprocating saw to cut the metal edging to size along the edge of the path.

Install the metal edging along the path's edge (Image 2) by hammering down the stakes in between the pieces of edging to keep the pieces of metal together. After the metal edging is installed, spread the dirt around in between the edges of the path until it is level. When laying the stones, think of your strides and where it is comfortable to step so that no one has to step in between the stones.

Step 2: Give the Walkway an Appealing Look

Cut landscape fabric around the stones on the walkway and cover the dirt that is exposed with the fabric. Then use pea gravel to cover the dirt and landscaping paper in between the stone pathway and the metal edging.

The stretch of sidewalk beside the walkway could use a little color so you can add some plants and bark mulch. When planting new plants, don't make them too crowded. Consider the size and number of plants when choosing the correct container.

If possible, it's a great idea to use the old pots from the old plants to plant the new vegetation. If you have any bark mulch left over from the previous plants, adding some to the top of the pots gives it a great look and absorbs the water evenly.

Step 3: Remove and Reuse Old Deck Panels

Remove old deck wooden panels by using a drill to remove the old screws and lift them off of the frame. Instead of throwing out the planks used on the old deck, cut them down to size and use them as blockings for the deck joints on the new deck.

Once cut to size, add the new wooden planks as framing supports by wedging them between the framing and use screws to secure them in place. putting a hot tub or something heavy on top of the decking, make sure you have extra blocking between the joisting so the joists don't have a tendency to flex one direction or another when all the weight is on top of the beams.

Step 4: Install Composite Boards

After installing all of the blocking pieces, it's time for the new composite deck boards. When installing the composite deck boards, allow them to hang over the back edge approximately 2".

To install the boards, drill in two deck screws per joist to the boards laying beneath. The more hands you have while installing the deck, the easier the work is to finish. To finish off the deck, use a circular saw to cut off the excess length of the composite boards.

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