John & Ellen’s Backyard Paver Patio
We are excited to share this one with you all! If you ask almost anyone on the crew what their favorite part of their job is, they’ll tell you that its the satisfaction they feel after completing a project – especially when the end result looks drastically different! This project is definitely one of those pleasers. John & Ellen were tired of the view from their attached backyard deck, which looked down into their neighbors yard. When it came time to evaluate the condition of their deck, they began to consider lowering their outdoor living space to give them the privacy they were looking for.
As we begin the project, our biggest concern (like many projects) is the drainage of the yard. Since we will be removing the deck and creating a new patio in its place, many areas of the yard will need to be reshaped to make sure rainwater flows where it needs to. To reach the elevated back door, we will be building a stoop from concrete retaining wall block. As we measure the grade for the patio, we either rework the slop of the yard, or add a small retaining wall in areas where the grade changes quickly.
Once the crushed limestone base material is graded to perfection and after the supporting retaining walls are built, its time to finally add the pavers! The homeowners decided to go with Borgert’s Cobble Series pavers in the Minnesota River color scheme – one of our favorites. The retaining walls are built from the matching Strassen Wall block. Both the pavers and the wall block look fantastic together, and are both made from the same high quality material. Although a majority of the pavers go down pretty quickly, it takes almost just as long to cut-in the pavers that run along the edge of the patio. We use a powerful brick saw to cut the concrete pavers.
Once the final brick is laid, the polymeric sand is swept into the paver joints and compacted thoroughly and carefully with a plate tamper. Several rounds of this process are completed before the final step of lightly misting the patio with water. The water creates a chemical reaction with the polymers and when the patio dries, the sand will form an almost “rubberized” concrete that holds the patio together, prevents weeds and ants, and will also flex with the freezing and thawing of a Minnesota winter.
Thank you for having us, John & Ellen! We hope you enjoy your new backyard for many years to come!