Here is a little of what the process involved:
|Step 1: Buy crushed limestone, preferably from somewhere local to save $|
|Step 2: Spread out limestone to approximate level with a garden rake|
|Step 3: Create a screed to get the exact level you need (we went 2 in. deep)|
|Step 4: Spray water over limestone and tamp down. It locks in place somewhat like concrete|
|Admire your work :)|
|Step 5: Have paver sand delivered or buy bags from Home Depot|
|Step 6: Lay a thin layer of sand. Create a screed to desired depth and pull the sand.|
Begin laying pavers at one end and check your work with a level
|Murphy investigating the scene..|
|Step 7: Stomp down on pavers that need a little extra help leveling (this was our last paver!)|
|Step 8: Secure edging in place so your hard work doesn't shift.|
That is the general overview we followed. We learned a few lessons and short cuts along the way, but Greg really took over when it came to placing the pavers down. We handed him tools he needed or helped him hold the screed down, but most of the time we sat and supported him.
Can't wait to finish the final touches, like filling the small cracks with sand and planting grass come fall. We have already spent more time on our patio in a few short days than we have in over two years since owning the house!