Building your own patio can be a lot of work, but it can also be very rewarding, since building it yourself means you can built to match your exact specifications. If you want to replicate the yellow brick road in your yard, you can! If you want to build a swirling fairy land in your yard, you can! And — most importantly — if you want to keep costs down, you can do it by doing it yourself.
What You’ll Need
Before you can put out patio furniture, you’ll want to lay down some patio bricks. If you don’t, your guests’s chairs will sink into the dirt, and you don’t want that, do you? It’s fairly simple to lay patio brick: just design your layout, put down some sand and lay your patio bricks on top of it.
When you put in a patio, you need a privacy fence. You just do. You don’t want your neighbors nosing in on you when you’re chatting with friends over a bottle of pinot grigio. Good fences make good neighbors, and good neighbors make good patios. Or should I say, invisible neighbors make good patios.
A Grill or Fire Pit (or Both)
What is the point of a patio if you’re not going to cook outside? Put in a fire pit or chiminea and have charcoal-blackened pizza crusts every day of the week. Gas grills work too; someone asked me about making sure propane tanks work and I gotta say I don’t know. Use a sniff leak tester to check for leaks or something.
Edge your patio brick configuration with flowers. Choose something low maintenance like creeping phlox. Or something fancy like roses and wood chips — but you gotta prune those roses, otherwise they will reach out and snatch your guests’ pant legs.
String lights, citronella candles, whatever. Lighting is what gives your patio ambiance on warm summer nights.