Many people are looking for ideas to break out of traditional designs and incorporate modern trends in their homes décor. With spring in the air, you may be itching for a home improvement project that involves a patio or deck. Well right now a growing trend for patios is utilizing pebble designs. Today, we at Matt Myette Landscaping would like share some tips and advice on installing a pebble patio for your home.
Pebble, Pea Gravel & Paver Patio Design Ideas & Construction
1) Excavation: For starters, complete renovation of the designated patio area will need to be performed. Any existing rocks, weeds, and any debris need to be cleared away and the area for your patio bear. Prepping is where most of the hard work is, but for maximum results, the land will need to cleared and properly leveled.
2) Landscape Design: Unless you experience and a lot of patience, keep the design simple to avoid chaos. Following the decision of your patio’s design, use a tiller and shovel to create the outline for your patio’s design. Dig out the base of your patio during this process as well. Formable plastic landscape edging for your patio outline is fairly simple and can be helpful during the process. Lay down long boards in multiple directions to ensure the ground is even. Smooth out any areas that you come across that are too sallow or too deep. Above all else, the ground needs to be as level as possible for optimal outcomes.
3) Concrete Patio: The amount of concrete needed depends on the size of your intended patio. Using sectional installation during this procedure can eliminate the potential issues and premature drying, especially if the project needs to be spaced over a few days due to time constraints or the square footage involved. Mix your concrete according the size of sections at a time. The mixture needs to fill in the patio approximately 2” from the top of the plastic landscape edge.
4) Add Pebbles or Gravel: Equal parts mix of pebbles and cement will need to be added. Before pouring, make certain it is mixed well. To ensure an even result and to smooth it out easily, slowly pour your mixture into the section. To avoid any awkward unleveled areas, level it out as you. After your mixture is 2” from the top and level, fill in the remainder 2” with concentrated pebbles; smooth it out while the first layer is still wet.
5) Check for Even Surface: To make sure the surface is leveled, use the long boards and lay it down in several areas and in different directions to check yourself. During this process some areas may sink; if that happens, add more pebbles to those areas. Allow the cement to cure by following the label’s curing time directions.
6) Resistant Epoxy: After it cured, finalize your project with an application of UV resistant epoxy on top of the pebble. All the pebbles should be well covered without over flowing. Check to make sure the epoxy is filled in all the cracks as well. Follow labels directions on drying time; generally it takes 24 hours to dry.
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If you are interested in hiring a company to build a wood deck, pour a concrete patio, or provide any other quality landscape design or lawn maintenance services, contact the professionals at Matt Myette Landscaping and let our experts perform this project to ensure ultimate results.