Installing a flagstone patio


On a budget and being eco conscious, the 500sf flagstone patio was built to help make up for the limited space in my home. It has both a living and dining area. The pathways and planting beds are constructed with all sustainable products and plants. I had gotten quotes but decided I could be my own contractor and hired the labor and worked along with them, saving thousands of dollars.
My finished stone patio!
The metal furniture was all bought at yard sales and I personally restored them. All cushions and pillows were bought on clearance. Some of the pillows were even made from 2 sided outdoor placemats that I opened up and stuffed then re-stitched. I hope you agree it was well worth the effort.
Started with a plan. Got marking paint.
My father borrowed a rear tine tiller for me. I thought I could handle it but too much for a girl. So my most fabulous friend came over and tilled it up for me.
After hiring some labor, we removed the turf and previous stone patio and added a layer of crushed granite. Then a layer of leveling sand. Level string was added to level and slope away from the house. Then the flagstone puzzle begins!
We added decomposed granite between the stones and misted with water. When all was said and done, we then added metal edging around the entire edges to help hold in place. This project brought on a whole landscape redo. I will post the pathways and landscapes separately.

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4 questions
  • Joanie
    on Jun 21, 2018

    This is something that makes your backyard. VERY inviting and relaxing lookin'.....I like the fact also......you were frugal and re-cyled everything to your likings.......the flagstone feature is a great pleasure, JUST to admire.......Great job!! Whataya call that big bush you have??.  To lazy to look up the correct name.......thank you in advance.

    • Elaine League Dillon
      on Jun 28, 2018

      Pompous grass

    • Vee
      on Mar 6, 2019

      Pampas grass Cortaderia

    • HoopHasIt
      on Mar 10, 2019

      Thanks for such a nice comment!

      I'm not sure if you are referring to the pampas grass or the large rounded shrub next to the house that is a ligustrum. I have since removed since it was too hard for me to trim the top. LOL

  • Mark Thibodeaux
    on Jun 21, 2018

    So for the 500sq and doing most the work yourself how much did you spend? I want to do the same thing

    • HoopHasIt
      on Mar 10, 2019

      Hi Mark! I'm sorry I just saw your question. I figure I spent a total of about $3200 initially. That includes the labor, materials, meals for the helpers, etc. About a third of the cost for quotes received. Good luck!

  • Karin
    on Aug 27, 2018

    We are building a 200 square foot flagstone patio. How much decomposed granite do we need to put between the stones, after we've set them? Thank you.

  • Susan
    on Jun 3, 2019

    Where did you buy the flagstone and the other stuff that flagstone was put together with?

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  • Carol Cole
    on Mar 24, 2019

    That is so pretty , no , it is beautiful. I love it. Great job, well done.

  • Cat
    on May 7, 2019

    so nice! I have a "boring" backyard that I would love to add a patio to - either low wood one or stone. thanks for the ideas

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