Installing a patio or walkway requires more than just digging a hole and installing the pavers. Taking the time to design and lay out your walk way can make all the difference. Before you start you need to do some planning. There are some key points that you need to consider such as the size and location of your patio, what type of pavers or stone you will use and how will you lay your pavers. Think about how you will use it. To entertain? A Barbeque Area? A place to relax? Installing a patio or walkway allows you to be a little creative whether you want to have natural stone, cut stone or brick stone and you can customize your design how you like it. The easiest designs for your pavers are jack on jack or basket weave, which require little cutting. More advanced designs include Pinwheel, 90 degree herringbone and 45 degree herring bone. When choosing a design, choose one that goes well with your home such as the complexity of the design or the color of the pavers. As you begin to map out your space you will need: nylon, mason string, a hammer, steaks, marking paint, line level, tape measurer, a hose and paver sand. Before you start to mark your patio, make sure you have a professional come mark gas or electrical lines by simply dialing 811. To begin, mark off the patio with steaks and strings. Level strings, measure them for square and measure diagonally to make sure you have a level, even patio. Mark with marking paint so that you know where to dig. When marking off your walkway or a curved corner, simply lay your hose in the shape you want, cover with pavers' sand and remove the hose. Now you have a line where you can dig your walkway. Once you have the area mapped out, take a step back and make sure it's the size and shape you want. If not, just move your lines and mark it again. After you finalize your space, measure the area so that you know how much base material you will need. Now you can begin to lay your patio. Learn how to lay the foundation for a patio here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL_ZwbFbb7g Learn how to install a brick patio here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqV7YuKdtz8 Subscribe to Lowe's YouTube for great how to videos and home improvement tips: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=lowes Or head to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/Lowes
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