How to Build a Stone Patio
Build a stone patio to create a welcoming outdoor living space in your backyard. Flagstone pieces fit together to form a solid platform that is both durable and attractive.
A flagstone patio can become the base for a variety of uses. Place outdoor furniture on top of the patio to enjoy al fresco dining. Add lounge chairs and savor your morning coffee in the fresh air. Install a fire pit surrounded by cushioned benches to experience atmospheric evenings under the night sky.
The possibilities are endless, but first you’ll need to lay the groundwork by building a flagstone patio. This step-by-step guide will cover how to build a "dry" or "sand-set" patio rather than a permanent, wet-set flagstone patio.
Before you start building your flagstone patio
- Choose your patio location. It’s best if your patio area is located away from trees or bushes. Plants can intrude on the patio over time.
- Decide on the size, shape, and design of your outdoor patio. Mark out the border with spray paint.
- Measure the overall square footage of the patio area in order to calculate the amount of landscaping materials you’ll need.
When you're ready to build your patio, here's what to do: