DIY Herringbone Pattern Paver Patio Renovation | Home ImprovementFeb 27, 2020
hi everyone my name is Mike Montgomery and today I would like to show you how I turned an old
patiolike this into a new
patiolike this with a beautiful
patternin modern construction so this is Caleb you might know him from a previous modern patio build projects like IKEA hacks and other greatest hits this is your patio and it needs some TLC the paper bricks never quite lined up and the base just isn't done right so let's update this for a clean modern look with a
patternas you may have guessed the first step for this project was getting the old patio pavers out here and it became very apparent very quickly why the bricks never quite lined up when you install the paver patio you want. a gravel base that way the roots and weather don't affect the alignment of your pavers of course I don't know but it looks like they just leveled the patio site and put bricks right on top of the dirt when they built the house that is because every thing is fixed, it's not a big deal, although we'll fix it and I'll show you how this plastic fence doesn't exactly add to the look of this whole yard, so we'll remove that I have plans later. to replace this with a cool modern fence, so be sure to subscribe and hit that notification bell so you can see when that video is posted.
I was happy to see that first post went smoothly but the second one was really anchored in oh holy crap one of the big things I want to do for this space is expand the patio in the past it got right here about eight feet more beyond the fence I'm going to double it down to about fifteen feet to start with. shovel and removed a lot of dirt. I will be laying a four inch thick layer of gravel for the patio base and a one inch thick layer of sand to set my pavers. So we don't have the same problem as this original patio and while I was doing all this digging I dug up a ton of roots and I think this was one of the big issues that contributed to the original patios misalignment the neighboring tree has roots going right under from the yard so I grabbed a pruning shear for my saw and cut all those roots off.
This was definitely not a fun process but totally necessary. I needed to be thorough along the fence and house line to make sure all the roots were gone and weren't going to cause future problems. This is probably a good time for a disclaimer to make sure you always check with your utility providers to make sure there aren't any water or power lines under your dig site that you could cut off in one of my favorite parts about the partnership with Home Depot for this project is that I offer delivery of all my bulk materials, all my paper base sand as well as all my pavers were delivered right to my job site, this saved me a lot of time and effort, and couldnt recommend it more i mentioned earl More in the video i am installing a four inch thick layer of these paver stone patio pavers and the reason my base layer is so thick is because of all these darn roots but if it wasn't for that I would do a two inch thick base coat.
I hope a common question in my comments is why I didn't buy my paver base in bulk. the bulk material near the paver site these individual bags actually made everything so much more convenient and once I had most of my paver upside down I wanted to make sure I was leveling everything correctly you don't want your patio is perfectly flat in place you want it to slope away from your house that way the water drains properly so here I am laying out lines and running string between the stakes to make sure everything is level correctly. The string closest to the house is an inch below the bottom of where I want my paver to be that is going to count towards the layer of sand I will install next, then I used a string and a line level to make a mark perfectly level on the opposite stake, from there I was able to measure and mark a line that represents the proper slope for the drainage I want one inch for every eight feet now I'm not trying to brag or anything but I'm really impressed with myself at how close it is I hit the lines on this.
These lines are here just to show the high or low points I need. to add or move the mix so I just dumped a few more bags where I knew I needed more base material and then raked it all out even right now I'm out of the Home Depot school rental and about to pick up a plate compactor By At the moment, a plate compactor is obviously something I don't use all the time, so it's awesome to have access to such a huge library of tools that I can rent for such a fair price. See you later today.
The plate compactor has a water reservoir that drips slowly as everything is compacted to keep dust down, but it's really simple, just going back and forth in alternating patterns to make sure your base is compacted as much as possible. best possible so things really can't get any better. It has been raining lightly for the last few days what is packed this super solid paper base my next step is to place and level the sand and to do that I am going to do a process called furring these are 1 inch thick PVC pipes and i will be using these in conjunction with a straight 2x4 to level all the sand once i lay it down, it is important that any time you are filtering this sand you have a straight two by four that you can find but actually this process is very simple and i remember doing a specific job so it wasn't too unfamiliar, the real trick to all of this is to just go with the flow, you don't want to try and manipulate everything because then you might dig somewhere or put too much pressure on a certain point to make your base is not level occasionally I will have a rock or something preventing me from leveling the base but I'll just ditch it fill that spot with sand and go back over it with the 2x4 not e s big deal after removing the PVC pipes I filled those voids with. sand and smooth everything with a trowel and now it's just play time time to lay these pavers for real and I have no advice other than to just say constantly measure whatever reference points you have so for me I knew the distance I wanted being away from the house, as well as how far away I wanted to be from the existing sidewalk, so every time I put down a new row, I measured all my margins and made sure they would stay consistent if that was the case.
I knew I was making proper 45 degree herringbone patterns. I'm not going to pretend this wasn't a lot of work, but it was really satisfying to see this all come together so quickly as my yard got older that I could measure less often and just trust that this group of pavers was laid down correctly. as long as my pieces still fit snugly than I was reassured that I was heading in the right direction. I also found that a deadbeat mallet was great for seating all my pavers together for a perfect fit, but there really isn't a ton. more tips just keep measuring as you go and make sure your bed is always flat from there if you continue to have tight spaces in all your pavers you are on the right track i will say at the end of the full day of laying patio pavers I'm glad I'm done now that all the papers are in it's time to cut the perimeter square this is the only challenge of creating a herringbone pattern that doesn't really exist in a simple grid pattern for perimeter cutting I rented this giant demo saw from 12 inches from Home Depot.
The first thing I did after tracing my chalk lines was mark the line that I wanted to cut around the perimeter that way when I do my full plunge cut, I already have a groove. cutting to guide the blade now definitely wasn't perfectly straight but as I went around the perimeter of this patio I was able to get straighter and straighter lines and better control of the saw and after making that cut around the bricks I realized that this sierra actually had a garden hose attachment that way water could run off while cutting fast protip if you are using pavers similar to mine don't use an abrasive disc like i have here what i found is that it couldn't soak very well on these concrete pavers I think it was a little too hard material for the abrasive wheel to handle, it got pretty hot, it was a little hard to control, not to mention it didn't even go through one of the sides before the wheel came off. wear out so after this i ran back to
homedepot and picked up a diamond tooth blade now this is what they used to cut concrete and asphalt on the roads and co rto these patio pavers no problem I mentioned it before and I do I don't want to beat a dead horse or anything but as you can see my lines weren't perfectly straight but it's cool to see later in the video once I I put a perimeter around this patio, how much all those little imperfections blend together. go out there and look very clean and while I'm in the middle of the dustiest part of this project I'd like to say a big thank you to RZ Masks who are a long time supporter of modern builds they make the M 2.5 Dust Masks that I've been wearing this whole project, it's super light, comfortable and convenient, and the extra elastic strap that goes around the top of my head provides a better seal around my nose and keeps the entire dust mask in place while i move around all day to learn more follow the link in the description and use the modern builds code at checkout and you'll always get a discount I kept it simple on all my edges that didn't join the existing house or curb and just I placed a single layer of bricks but on those edges next to the house I placed a perimeter two bricks thick.
I just thought this would look a little more intentional and nice in retrospect, although I probably shouldn't have kept margins that tight because these bricks were really hard to install in a couple of places below, I put a temporary border to keep all my bricks in place so nothing moved on me for the next two steps. I'm going to lay down what's called polymeric sand and before I did that, I needed to brush. my pavers clean polymer sand is - pavers what grout is the tile that fills all the gaps and is activated by water which allows the binding agents that are in the sand to solidify everything together and fill all those voids the good thing about polymer sand - is that it comes in different shades and colors to match whatever brick you are using.
I got grace and to match my bricks and it really blended all those imperfections that I talked about earlier. This did it all. The biggest tip I have here is to sweep in multiple directions, especially if you're doing a complicated pattern like I have here, that way all the voids are filled evenly if you have sand on the surface of the pavers, they will create a grout-like hazy effect on the tiles, so you want to make sure you brush everything down really well. You can also use a leaf blower if you have the good stuff about this fence, even if you need it.
Updated is that it has only been stained in the past so I didn't have to worry about paint chips. I could just grab the broom and make sure the face of the panels was clean and then start painting. I decided to paint the fence. matte black with ultra nude exterior this worked great with a high nap roller i was able to get full coverage with just one coat the timing for this plugin can be a bit random but i figure why not if you listen to the podcast check out the show i do e Every week it's called the modern maker podcast with my friends Chris Salamone from four eyes furniture and Ben u8o from a modern
It is a very fun program that we do every Thursday. The links will be in the description. Check it out if you're already a podcast fan while the paint on the fence was curing I grabbed some pressure treated one by six's and painted them black to match the fins these will essentially be used as base boards on the fence to help clean everything up. I'll be using Gorilla High Strength Construction Adhesive to attach these boards to the fence along with some screws for the deck. It is funny. I dug so deep for the paver base that I actually left the bottom ends of these fence panels exposed.
I got really worried when I realized what I did, but I sat and thought about it for a while and even though I've never really seen anyone make a low board for a fence like this, it actually looks pretty cool, it means the boards are like five bucks each after those boards are installed. I grab some more of those one by six pressure treaties and paint them black. These will be used as edge boards throughout allgarden beds and the perimeter of the paving stones. After installing all those boards I made a final house. I ran to the storage room to collect everything for the garden beds I took three large snake plants that are going to be the focal point of this entire wall along with two smaller ones to fill everything in then I placed a couple bags of topsoil installed all of my plants of snake then I could place marble chips around my garden bed for a clean modern look and with that this patio is done man it feels good to say it now before I show you the big reveal of this transformation let's go back and see what this patio looked like day one it was out of date the pavers were an ugly brown and nothing really lined not to mention the patio was about half the size it is now so let's see this later so I really hope you guys i enjoyed this s project and learning something from it if you made sure and clicked thumbs up that way youtube just knows to recommend this video with m More often and if you aren't already, be sure to hit the subscribe button below and the notification will see you updated every time I post new project videos.
I would like to say one more big thank you to Home Depot and pave stone for making this video possible if you are interested in learning more about the products I used from Home Depot be sure to follow the link in the description. I've also written a full step-by-step blog article detailing this entire process, so thanks again. to see everyone and until the next time there are modern constructions
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