New patio construction questions


Old 08-12-16, 03:56 PM
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New patio construction questions

Hello, This is a first time post and I am sorry if it has been posted before, and that it is a pretty stupid question. I am looking to build a patio in an area that is 20ft by 20ft. I plan on digging out the are and lining with a landscaping fabric. Do you recommend the black landscape fabric or the burlap landscaping fabric. I am doing this as the area previously was covered by weeds and a large mimosa tree. I then plan on pouring gravel and sand. However I was told that just one or the other would be fine, as well as was told that I could lay the pavers on the fabric/dirt without adding gravel. Is this recommended? I then am looking at how many pavers I would need. The garden center told me I would need about 50 18x18 pavers to fill the area, but I feel I may need more. Would anyone know the exact amount? Also do you suggest the 18x18 pavers ($5.50 per piece) or 12x12 (1.56 per piece) or is it merely just a matter of convenience. Is there any difference in brick face or the flat face pavers or is it just aesthetics? Is there anything else I need to know?

Thank you so much for all of your help
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Old 08-12-16, 04:39 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

I can help you with the hard part.... the counts.

178 18"x18" would be needed for 20'x20' ($980)
400 12"x12" would be needed for 20'x20' ($625)
400sq feet.

You should be using 4" of gravel and 1" of sand over that. Well compacted.

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Old 08-15-16, 10:01 AM
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Make sure the 'gravel' is a material which will compact and then compact it well with a 1/4" per foot of run slope away from the house before adding the 1" layer of bedding sand.
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Thank you very much! Went with 15x10 to save on materials and to keep it a bit easier as it is my first time! Thanks again!

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