To build a stone patio, mark the new patio area with stakes, and then dig a hole in the desired shape. Add gravel to the hole, followed by a layer of sand, and then put the stones into place.
- Stake out the patio design
When designing the patio area, consider the items you want to put on the patio, such as a grill, table, chairs and other furnishings. Use stakes to mark off the intended patio space in order to have a visual perspective of the new layout.
- Dig a hole and lay gravel
Dig approximately 10 inches deep over the entire staked area. Then, pack 6 inches of gravel into the hole. Slope the layer of gravel slightly toward the natural draining direction of the yard so that water naturally runs off during a heavy rain.
- Add the sand and stones
Place a 1-inch layer of sand over the gravel. Set the stones in place on top of the sand, and step on them gently to push them into place. Use a level to ensure that the patio still slopes in the desired direction for natural drainage.
- Fill in the cracks and complete final landscaping
Fill in the cracks around the stones with sand to ensure a level surface. Landscaping, such as bushes or plants, can now be added to the completed patio.