Our DIY Paver Patio With New Decor

5 Materials
6 Hours

Hi there! We've been busy making stuff happen over here at the 1922 Blue Bungalow! We've moved into our new home!

So we've been here for only a short time, but it was important to us to have a space outside to hang out. This patio happened very unexpectedly. My honey was perusing through FB Market Place one evening and came upon these 16" x 16" patio pavers for $1 each! We couldn't resist it because pavers are expensive yall!


This is how it looked just outside our sun room. Lots of sand that is annoying to walk on and patchy grass.

We built our patio all in one days time. That includes us driving all the way to sellers house, digging the pavers out of the ground, loading them into our trailer and then driving back home to unload and place into a patio that looks like this! Whew!

PREPARING THE SPACE - Clear the grass

My honey used a rake and a hoe to remove all the grass he could before we started. Then we leveled the sand out the best we could using a long 2 x 4 to smooth everything out level.

Lay down a barrior to detour grass and weeds

Then, we made use of lots of our moving boxes. We laid them down to help keep the grass from growing up through the pavers. That's one good use for moving boxes if you ask me!

Laying the pavers

We started on the far left hand side and stayed even with the little step out of the sun room. We slowly, but sure, moved to the right filling in our space.

Sanding the pavers

We had 168 pavers and still have lots left over. We also made a side walk up the side of the house to the gate. After we had all the pavers down, we used sand from our yard to fill in all the cracks.

Setteling the pavers

Lastly we sprinkled the entire patio with water to settle the sand into all the cracks to see if we needed to add more.

The final patio area, less the sidewalk is 13 feet by 13 feet, so quite a large area for us to hang out!


We are thoroughly enjoying our cozy little outside area a lot! It's awesome for coffee sipping in the morning or grilling out in the evenings.

Visit our blog right here to get all the details on the fun decor we added for more of an at home feel!

Thanks for looking!

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  • Susan Scott Susan Scott on Aug 20, 2020

    Concerned about ants, termites, etc... being attracted to the cardboard. Also, won't the pavers shift as the cardboard deteriorates?

  • Eric Hansen Eric Hansen on May 08, 2021

    Why cardboard? Won't it deteriorate and then you will need to redo it?

  • Pamela Pamela on May 08, 2021

    I'm putting a gazebo in my back yard more or less the size of your space for the floor, how many pavers did u actually use? U mentioned 168.


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  • Kathi Geren-Hahn Kathi Geren-Hahn on May 16, 2021

    That’s a lot of work! But it’s beautiful. Good job!

  • Edi Ramos Donelson Edi Ramos Donelson on May 18, 2021

    Thank you so very much! I'm just finishing up a 650 sq ft patio along with a 80 sq ft walkway. That one was done with the backfill/underlayment; 3/4 minus, tamping, 1" of sand. The works! BUT! This is a great Idea I am going to try for the 3rd patio. I CAN'T WAIT!!! Love it!