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Summer DIY Projects for Your Backyard

Posted on 06. Jul, 2016 by in DIY, Home Improvement

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A backyard is a place for family and friends to gather to enjoy the fresh summer air. It is also the perfect area for relaxing in the sun. To make your backyard more inviting, spruce it up a bit with some simple changes. Here are two budget-friendly DIY backyard design projects to help inspire you.

Create a Romantic Backyard Retreat

It is easy to create a romantic retreat right in your backyard. Choose a small cozy area, preferably under a tree or a space tucked away in the corner of your yard. Add just a few accessories to create a romantic feel. A romantic bistro set is the perfect furniture set for your romantic retreat. A comfy patio set would also work perfectly. You can add a small table and decorate it with outdoor candles. Add some climbing roses and pretty flowers to set the mood.

Construct a Simple Brick Patio

A brick patio is a great feature to add to your backyard. It is durable and long-lasting. You do not have to be a skilled mason to install a brick patio. In fact, it does not take any special skills to build a patio. All that is needed are a few basic tools and a little time. The following steps will help you easily construct a patio in your backyard.

Choose the Location and Prepare the Space

Once you determine where you want your patio and the size, use string and stakes to help you score the shape. Make sure that the corners are square and sides are parallel.

Create a Base

Once you have chosen and prepared a space, create a base. You will need to remove the grass and dig at least eight inches to create space for the base layers. Create a gentle slope about every four feet for drainage. You only need approximately 1-inch of slope. Lay down a 4-inch thick layer of gravel. Tamp the gravel down very well using a power or hand tamper. Make sure that the base is level.

Install Edging

Once the gravel base is compact, measure and cut plastic paver edging to the required length. This will help secure pavers. Lay the edging down along the outside border of the patio. Secure the edging in place by hammering stakes through the edging into the ground.

Fill in with Sand

Put down one or two inches of sand. Level this area using a two by four and two poles. Fill in any low spots. Next, remove the poles and add more sand to the area, if needed.

Lay the Pavers

Lay down the bricks, make sure you place one right next to the other. Start at the corner and use a rubber mallet to force the pavers down rather than sliding them across the sand. This helps prevent disruption of the base. If you need to cut a paver, use a cold chisel and a hammer to cut them to the correct size.

Final Steps

After you have completely laid your patio, secure it with landscaping nails. Sweep all the remaining sand into the cracks of the surface. Using a garden hose or a pressure washer, spray your patio down to remove any debris.

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