Installing a Stone Patio-DIY

06 Oct

Installing a stone patio  just takes a little planning, elbow power, $, and patience, not to mention a few tools.

Here at a Greensboro, NC residential entryway, lacks a great deal of curb appeal. The space should either be functional or VERY aesthetically pleasing because of its location, by the entrance. We opted for functional, since the basketball hoop is not far.

Hi Cody!

Determine how many people will be occupying the space. The general formula is 4 feet by 4 feet per person.

Make sure utility lines are located befor excavation, spray paint your lines and remove earth.

I choose Tennessee Crab Orchard Stone for its creamy beige, tan, burgundy and brown striations. A nice complimentary stone mimicking house color.

 A 2 inch depth of sandrock was tamped into the ground, with a gentle slope toward driveway. This makes it easier when using your mallet to set each stone. When laying stone, start laying large pieces first, towards the back. A small plant bed was designed at the foundation of the home to soften the transition between 2 hard surfaces, stone and siding. Plants marry them and they live happily ever after.

After completion, spray down with water. The sandrock will take a few weeks to settle. Play sand may be swept into the joints if creeping plants will not be utilized in the crevices.

Existing hosta perennials were installed to soften the transition between the driveway and stone.

Sky pencil hollies are the perfect shrub selection for tight spaces where vertical form is needed.

Adding the finishing touches; furniture, pots, and accessories.

Who wouldn’t like to sip coffee or tea on this shady morning patio.

Petunias are great in outdoor pots.

For under $3,000 a beautiful  Tennessee Crab Orchard Stone Patio is not only functional, but adds fabulous curb appeal. Your guest may not even make it into your home!!

Email me for help:)


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2 responses to “Installing a Stone Patio-DIY

  1. Angela Howard

    October 6, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    WOW that’s Todd and Melody’s house! OOHH OHH Me next huh me next!! How much to get an estimate?

  2. Melody Anderson

    November 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Diana did a fantastic job with my patio. I gave her my vision in what I thought I wanted, and she being the creative mind, turned it into so much more than I had invisioned. Thank you Diana for doing such a great job and we have really WOWed our neighbors with our new patio. I really love it, and I wish my father was here to see it. He loved sitting out front, but never had a nice place to do it in.


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