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Custom Flagstone Backyard Patio

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EDIT: After asking for some help, I decided to make a separate instructable for the bench and change the name to "flagstone backyard patio".


The whole project took almost a week to finish. Ever since last summer I was thinking to improve the looks of the backyard of my parents' house. So I decided to pour some concrete and install some beautiful asymmetrical stone tiles. When I got home for Spring break from my University I immediately started working on the yard.

Let it be noted that I am Greek, so English is not my mother tongue. Thus, please excuse my mistakes. Thank you!

WHAT WE ARE GOING TO NEED:

-A yard

-Concrete

-Stone tiles

-A helper or two

-Patience

-Tools (pictured)

So let's start

 
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Step 1: Preparing the site-Pouring the concrete

I decided to build a "frame" of concrete to hold the stones inside the area, so I started with that. I used many different wooden planks and pured concrete inside of them. I measured carefully the dimensions of the yard I would like to have, and then put the wooden planks. In order to make them steady for the concrete, I nailed them on wooden spikes I put on the ground. For the planks to be on the right height i used a level and my measure tape and I had to dig some dirt to put the planks in the right place.

I made the concrete with the help of my father. It was just regular conrete mixed with sand and some gravel to make it stronger. We mixed it in the wheelbarrow, because we didn't have a concrete mixer. After that we poured it in betweeen the planks and straightened it. We let it for a day to dry, pouring water every few hours on the surface so that it wouldn't crack.

DIMENSIONS: The frame was 20cm in width and had around 8 cm of height. The overall area was about 10 sqr meters ( not much, but I used plain conrete and gravel for the rest of the yard)

ATTENTION: You want to know in advance where do you want the rain water to head. Every time you pourconrete you have to be aware of the slopes. You do not want to have puddles of rainwater in the middle of the sitting area, so be extra careful with the level. It is, however, almost certain, that no matter what you'll do, there is going to be some puddles of water. The tiles do not have a completely even surface

The stone tiles are used mostly to what I know to be called "crazy paving". Although, I used here a diferrent technique. The gaps between the tilew are far larger, and the tiles themselves are different. They come in a variety of colors, mostly black, drey-green and blue.

Costarus3 months ago

Well if the climate is warm. In countries where winter snow, such coverage is very slippery and dangerous.

Hariskal (author)  Costarus3 months ago

Hello, thank you for your comment. I don't think there could be such problem, though. In the photo the stones are wet so it might seem a little slippery,but they arent in fact.

The surface of the stone tiles is rough, and not even completely flat. So there is no way someone could slip. The only problem would be if water that remained on the surface became ice in winter, but that could happen only if the stones where not layed properly.

If you watch closely in the new picture I added, you can see that the stone tiles are rougher than any other tile that constructors use in flooring

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