Step 1: Select Location
Step 2: Planning, Supplies, and Tools
One deceivingly complex task is to figure out the block pattern you want to use. Try drawing it out first to see what you like. Once you have the pattern count the blocks and sizes you need to purchase.
My pattern required 16 - 9X6's and 12 - 6X6's.
Now go get some drainage rock for the foundation.
I wanted a 3 inch stone base so 3 X 3 X 0.25 = 2.25 cubic feet
The Drainage Rock from lowes was $3.38 per .5 cubic feet. Therefore I needed 5 bags.
I also wanted 1 inch of sand to place the bricks on and make them level. 3 X 3 X .083 = 0.75 cu ft
Quickrete All purpose Sand is ~$3.50 per .5 cu ft. I used 3 bags taking into account me not leveling properly and to fill in between the blocks.
16 - 9X6 block ($1.14/each)
12 - 6X6 block ($0.74/each)
5 bags- Drainage Rock ($3.38/bag)
3 bags- Sand (~$3.50/bag)
Spray paint (not necessary but makes it easier keeping your cut straight)
Spade shovel or edger
Length of wood (screen out sand)
Tamper (if you got one, not completely necessary)