Summer Project: Decomposed Granite Patio

Irwin Weiner ASID - In our first installment of our Summer Project series at Design2Share, I talked about how to do-it-yourself as much as you please when it comes to building a deck onto your home. You really need to know what you're doing to make sure your deck is safe and sound; but this DIY Network video shows you just how easy it is to make a patio that will be relatively maintenance free and quick to install. You'll need a half day or more - try morning when the sun isn't so hot - and the results will be impressive. Decomposed granite, when tamped down over a layer of larger foundation gravel and a fabric mat - all within treated lumber borders anchored to the ground - will provide a solid patio surface that will support furniture and foot traffic. For an interesting variation, you can use the DG as a filler around flat stone pavers that you can lay out in interesting patterns, either evenly around the patio surface or in other patterns like a decorative stone border. Summer fun, straight ahead!
DESIGN2SHARE BONUS VIDEO: Watch our How Should I Decorate My Outdoor Spaces? vid for tips and ideas on how to bring your new patio and yard up to their maximum potential.