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 How to Build a Patio - What Kind to Build - Brick

Like I said before you can build a patio out of many different things in this post I've found a article describing how to build a brick patio - it even goes over the basket weave pattern. Outrageously useful! "A simple design plan to make laying brick patios easy for do-it-yourselfers. This brick patio design is easy to build yet elegant, laying the bricks in a striking pattern that requires no cutting!"Here is the whole article

How to Build a Patio - Furnishings

It might be too early in the thought process to think of Furnishings but it might impact how you'll build your patio. Check it out.

"A patio is usually made as an extra room, but its interiors need not necessarily display it. You can treat this place a fun cum relax room or a place to entertain visitors too. While decorating the patio area, it is advisable to use wood or wicker home and garden furniture, most preferably wicker should be used, using plastic or metal furniture would give the whole place a cheap look. The specialty of wicker is that it tough and durable plus it gives a classic and romantic look.

The other advantage of using wicker is that wicker made home and garden furniture is available in the market in a vide range of style, design and color. You could choose anything from dining sets, sofa sets, chairs and loveseats. A cozy porch swing would work wonders and create the much-wanted romantic ambience but if you are of the type who love discussing things even when you are relaxing a wicker table in the patio area would work just right. "

Here is a link to the whole article

Here's a book the "Dummy" series have always given some good basic info this is no exception helped me out. Decks & Patios for Dummies

How to Build a Patio - Slope concerns

I was trying to figure out how much slope per foot for a patio I couldn't remember but I found this post on a forum - it seems like a pretty good rule of thumb might want to check your local building codes though...

"Slope should be somewhere between 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch per foot. Or you could stretch a string from the high point of your existing patio (the high point should be up against the house) to the furthest (lowest) point of the proposed extension. The string should just touch the existing patio all along it's length. Then, set your form to the height of the string. That way, you'll have the same amount of slope on both parts of the patio."

Here is the whole entry

How to Build a Patio - Furnishings

It might be too early in the thought process to think of Furnishings but it might impact how you'll build your patio. Check it out.

"A patio is usually made as an extra room, but its interiors need not necessarily display it. You can treat this place a fun cum relax room or a place to entertain visitors too. While decorating the patio area, it is advisable to use wood or wicker home and garden furniture, most preferably wicker should be used, using plastic or metal furniture would give the whole place a cheap look. The specialty of wicker is that it tough and durable plus it gives a classic and romantic look.

The other advantage of using wicker is that wicker made home and garden furniture is available in the market in a vide range of style, design and color. You could choose anything from dining sets, sofa sets, chairs and loveseats. A cozy porch swing would work wonders and create the much-wanted romantic ambience but if you are of the type who love discussing things even when you are relaxing a wicker table in the patio area would work just right. "

Here is a link to the whole article

Here's a book the "Dummy" series have always given some good basic info this is no exception helped me out. Decks & Patios for Dummies

How to Build a Patio

The first step on how to build a patio should entail a good site survey.

For instance check out this clip below. Always beware of what you aren't seeing while your doing your survey, does the ice fall off the roof right there, do you have gutters, if not where does the rain go?

"Before beginning any hardscape project, try to anticipate how it will fit into your long-range plans for the rest of your landscape. Plan for proper drainage, even if you're only building a patio or deck. To make the most of the rain, plan runoff so it's captured and used."

Here is the rest of the article

Ignore the insects in dry goods bit not sure why that is there anyway...