Cheap Ways to Build a Patio

by Terry Mulligan, Demand Media
    Create a budget-friendly patio to share with your guests.

    Create a budget-friendly patio to share with your guests.

    Adding a patio to your home can increase entertainment space and give you a relaxing place to take pleasure in the open air. Depending on the resources available in your area, it’s possible to build an inexpensive sand-base and fill in a patio from pavers, wood, rock or brick.

    Pavers

    Pavers come in all shapes, sizes and price points. These pre-cast concrete blocks fit tightly together on a level bed of sand to create an inexpensive patio. Local home improvement centers frequently offer plain pavers for as little as $1 per square foot. However, if you’ve got a good amount of sand available, you can create a homemade concrete mix and customize shapes to create a one-of-a-kind patio in your yard.

    Sliced Wood

    If wood is abundant in your area, you can create a patio or walkway with thick slices of tree truck and limbs. Build a rustic patio by laying a level bed of sand for a base, covered with two-inch thick slices of large tree trunk pieces. Fill in the gaps with slices of tree branch – cutting them at least four inches in length to drive them deep into the ground to keep them from dislodging.

    Pebble

    Collecting small rocks can be more than just a hobby if you gather enough to create a patterned mosaic patio. Although an outdoor pebble mosaic can be a time-consuming project, the result can equal a stunning piece of outdoor art and a conversation piece within your landscape. If pebbles aren’t available in your natural surroundings, they can be purchased for very little money at a local garden center. Finish your masterpiece with outdoor cement filler between the rocks to create a continuous, hard surface.

    Discarded Brick

    Even though brick can be relatively inexpensive, it’s more than a bargain if you’re able to locate a demolition site where it’s become a castoff. Some construction managers actually welcome people to salvage such materials, with permission, to reduce the expense of having them removed from the site. Making a brick patio with a sand base and filler is easy, since the small pieces can be laid in many different patterns.

    About the Author

    Terry Mulligan has been writing since 2007. As an accomplished artist, decorator and business professional, she enjoys covering art, decor, business management, real estate, education, computers/software/ERP, animal rescue, cooking and self-improvement. Mulligan holds an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.

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