By Phil Schmidt

Open air dwelling made based! Patios were featured in landscapes for millions of years, yet by no means have they been extra well known than now, as householders notice the attractiveness, lengthy lifestyles, and straightforward upkeep of stone and ornamental concrete surfaces. Today's householders can construct with mosaic tiles like the historical Persians, or normal stone just like the Greeks, yet in addition they construct notable patios with coloured, interlocking concrete pavers solid in geometric shapes, or they could stamp or stain poured concrete for really extraordinary results. Black & Decker the whole consultant to Patios is a finished consultant that comes with an creation to the most well-liked development fabrics: a fool-proof procedure for layout, making plans and format; precise step by step tasks to aid readers construct anyone of 12 sorts of patios; directions for development renowned patio add-ons and contours; and counsel for preserving and repairing all kinds of patios.

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Ft. For a 3" layer: 12" ÷ 3" = 4 Then: 200 ÷ 4 = 50 cu. ft. To convert to cubic yards, divide by 27: 100 cu. ft. 7 cu. yards Things to Consider • The soft, mutable quality of loose paving makes it unsuitable for formal patios. • Wood chips, sand, and some gravel create too soft a surface for supporting furniture evenly, but compactable gravels and crushed stone can be tamped into a fairly level, stable layer. • Many loose materials aren’t comfortable for bare feet—an important consideration for summertime relaxation.

A good tile dealer can help you choose the right type and style of tile for your climate and your specific project. They can also help you select an appropriate grout and provide maintenance tips for keeping your patio surface in shape over the years. Tile for Patios Things to Consider Indoors, you can use just about any kind of tile. But a patio is a different matter. Patio tile must be strong enough to survive scrapes from outdoor furniture, as well as years of weather and sun exposure. More importantly, patio tile must be slip-resistant, which automatically rules out most glazed tile.

Qxd 3/11/2006 7:33 PM Page 55 Fire pits are made for gathering around. The raised sides make for nice seating or a place to rest your feet as you while away the evening. (Above) Portable fire pits have seen a rise in popularity in recent years and are now commonly available online and at home and garden centers. Most are made of lightweight metal and can easily be carried onto a patio or lawn for an evening’s fire. (Left) With their portability and rustic styling, chimineas are uniquely suited to patios.

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