How to Build a Patio
and Fire Pit with Easy Instructions and Step-by-Step Images
We will show you how to
build a patio with an outdoor fire pit for your backyard. Fire pits are
for entertaining, and quite mesemerising as you gather round in the
cold weather to spend time with friends and family. However, there are
some houses that are not that well-equipped for entertaining because
they neither have a patio or a firepit.
Well, here we will show you how to create that perfect entertaining
area where you
can gather with your friends and enjoy their company in a hassle-free,
cost-effective way. Below are simple DIY Patio and fire pit
will show you just how easy it is to build a patio and a fire pit over
few days, or over one day if you are really energetic!
And don't forget to bring out the marshmellows to toast! If you want
to, you can also put a cooking grate over the top and it then your fire
becomes a BBQ.
An outdoor fire pit is very versatile, and think beyond the fact that
firepits are just great for warming your toes during those cool autumn
nights. They are also useful in burning up those prunings that you
been able to put through a chipper or were too big to put on the
Outdoor Fire Pits and Instructions on How to Build a Patio
The first step on how to build a patio is to decide where you want to
put your patio in your
backyard and then go from the planning to the measuring stage. Take
into consideration wind factors. You will want to build your patio and
fire pit in a sheltered section of your garden, but away from trees as
there is nothing worse having to sweep the patio decks constantly
because of falling leaves.
Also, having a roaring fire pit under hanging branches of any tree is a
Measuring out the Patio Area
How to Build a Patio and Removing the Soil
Before digging, determine the amount of soil that has to be removed. We
recommend that you remove about 10 - 12 inches of soil.
Also, peg a wooden stake to the ground with some string and taking the
string around in a circle, spray the grass as you measure out the
circumference. Make sure that your paved patio will be wide enough for
your furniture that you wish to place on top when you have finished.
Digging out the soil for the new patio
How to Build a Patio by adding Crushed Stone
and Coarse Sand
After digging out the soil, you will now need to put about 5 inches of
crushed stone into the newly dug hole. Spread out the crushed stone
with a steel rake to even it out.
Placing crushed stone to the patio area
After spreading the crushed stone evenly, level the base. Check the
levels with a spirit level.
Checking the levels of the crushed stone.
After the crushed stone you will need to add 1 or 2 inches of coarse
Adding coarse sand to the patio area.
How to Build Patio and Checking the
Divide the whole area into 2 parts and level them both separately.
Checking the levels to
the sand again.
Ensure that you get the level of the sand right, as this will determine
the final look of your patio.
Giving your patio area a final level check.
How to Build a Patio and Laying the Pavers
It’s time to lay the pavers. Pavers come in all sorts of colors and
styles, however, make sure that you get pavers that will compliment the
color scheme of your house so that it looks as if your patio and
outdoor fire pit have always been there, rather than looking as if it
has been an after thought.
You will be laying the larger pavers to outline your fire pit. Make
sure that you make it big enough to be functional. A good size for an
outdoor fire pit is 36-44 inches in diameter.
Around the larger pavers you will now be laying the smaller pavers that
will make up your patio area.
A stack of brick pavers for the new patio.
Pay attention to the direction in which the pavers are laid. It is
better to divide your circle up in equal parts so that you can make
sure that you are laying the bricks at equal spacings within each
Laying the pavers out from the fire pit center.
How to Build a Patio and Check the Levels
Make sure to level all circles. You will need a rubber hammer to tap
the pavers down and into position at times, as well as a piece of wood
like the one below to make sure that the pavers are well spaced.
Ensuring pavers are well spaced.
Lay the last of the remaining patio pavers.
Laying the last row of patio pavers.
How to Build a Patio and Filling in the Gaps with Sand
Having laid all the stones, you will now need to brush some sand into
the cracks to keep the stones in place.
At this stage you can add cement to the
sand and then putting a fine water spray onto the pavers. This will set
the pavers in place. Don't be too harsh with the water as you don't
want to end up washing this bonding material away. Or you can add
polymeric sand later on. See instructions below.
Brushing pavers with sand.
How to Build a Patio and Finishing off the Fire
Level the fire pit before placing the blocks. Tap them with a rubber
mallet to get them level.
Making sure that the outdoor fire pit is level
Glue the fire pit blocks to each other using landscaping adhesive or
cement. This keeps them in place. You can also, at this stage add a
steel fire ring to the inside of your fire pits. By doing so you will
protect your pavers from breaking down over time from the intense heat.
However, the fire ring is optional.
Glue the fire pit blocks together.
The fire pit is finished. Doesn't it look great?
The finished fire pit and paved patio.
How to Build a Patio using Polymeric Sand
If you did not use sand and cement to bond your pavers together, at
this stage you can remove the sand that was used for holding the pavers
and spread some polymeric sand instead. When you do this just make sure
that your surfaces are absolutely dry as polymeric sand will stick to
any surface that is wet and it is difficult to remove once it sticks.
Sweep polymeric sand over your joints at least twice to ensure that
there are no gaps that weeds could grow through. Make sure that there
is no surface sand sitting on the top before you wet the area. Use a
blower or a soft broom to get any residual sand off the pavers.
Spray the polymeric sand between the patio pavers using a fine mist
spray, leave for 15 minutes and then mist again.
Although your sand will harden after 20 minutes in good weather, you
will have to wait 24 hours before your sand has set completely.
Using polymeric sand on your fire pit and paved patio.
Adding some Stylish Outdoor Patio Furniture to
product - One fire pit and patio with some stylish outdoor furniture
and some planted half wine barrels for a splash of color.
While choosing outdoor patio furniture for your brand new patio, take
consideration practical aspects such as durability, comfort and style.
You can also easily customise your outdoor living area by adding a few
So you can see, that without spending too much money, and within a day
or two, you too could soon have your own backyard patios and outdoor
fire pits by following these simple step-by-step instructions.
Now that you know how to build a patio and fire pit we look forward to
seeing your own DIY patios here soon!
Do you have
any DIY plans and ideas that you would like
to share with us?
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