Do It Yourself Backyard Patio Construction (Step-By-Step w/ Videos)

​​​​Do you have a backyard that’s in need of a better space to sit?

Would you like to set up a patio for you and your family to enjoy?

Have you ever wondered just how hard it is to set up a do it yourself backyard patio like the one you’d like to have?

If so, this article is here to help!

Below, we’ve got all the information you need to prep your backyard and get your new concrete slab patio put in place in no time. You can check out our list of materials and determine whether or not you have everything you need on hand, and you can take a look at our step-by-step guide to figure out if you’re ready to tackle a DIY project like this one.

A backyard patio is a great addition to any home. It can give you an easy and comfortable space to sit when you want to be outside, and it’s especially nice for entertaining, too.

When you’re planning to install a backyard patio, you will need some skill with power tools, but this is a great project for beginners. If you’re worried about whether or not you have the skill needed to install a concrete slab patio, don’t worry.

As long as you can work a power drill and have the ability to either cut pieces of lumber or have them cut for you, then you should be all set when it comes to putting in your new patio.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started learning!

Materials

Remember, when stocking up on your materials, you may need a few different options depending on your patio space available.

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  • String and stakes for perimeter building
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Tamper
  • Spade with a square end
  • Circular saw
  • Power drill
  • 3” screws
  • Stiff-bristled broom
  • Wood float
  • Vegetable oil
  • 2x4 pieces of lumber (number will differ depending on the perimeter size of your patio)
  • Quick concrete mix
  • All-purpose gravel
  • Concrete acrylic sealant
  • Groover

Steps

There are many steps involved in the process of prepping and constructing your patio.

  • 1
    To begin with, you will need to level the ground. This is a very important key step to complete, or your patio will not look or function correctly.
  • 2
    To do this, use a rope and stakes to create the outline for your patio. Make sure to square the space so that you are working with an even area and you don’t have uneven lines for your patio’s perimeter. Use a level to make sure everything is straight.
  • 3
    You will want to give your patio a very slight slope to keep it from causing rain to run off toward your home or, conversely, to sit under your patio and cause structural problems. To do this, you’ll first need to slightly angle the strings first to give yourself the proper guidelines to work with.
  • 4
    Use a spade to dig up the soil in this area so that it is evenly six inches lower than the strings you used to outline the patio space. This means that, on the sides where you added the slight slope, your “six inches deeper” will be lower than the same measurement on the opposite side of the patio.
  • 5
    When you’re finished getting the soil out, use your level to make sure the whole space is evenly tilled.
  • 6
    Pour your all-purpose gravel into the square (or rectangle) you’ve dug out with your spade until the depth is about five inches evenly.
  • 7
    Tamper it down to a depth of four inches packed.
  • 8
    Position 2x4 pieces of lumber so that they are on the inside of the space you dug out and filled with gravel and so that their inside edges are touching right below the guide strings.
  • 9
    Cut your remaining 2x4 boards into one-foot blocks and position them every three feet between the wood plank outline of your patio structure and the surrounding ground. Attach the boards and blocks together by drilling deck screws into them.
  • 10
    Level all the boards and screw them all together.
  • 11
    Paint the wood with vegetable oil. This will keep the concrete from attaching to the wood.
  • 12
    Mix your concrete according to the directions on the package—not every type of concrete works the same way.
  • 13
    Pour the concrete into several even mounds across the space you’re looking to fill.
  • 14
    Use a hoe to spread the concrete and then level it out with a spare 2x4 piece of lumber. Continue this until the concrete no longer looks shiny.
  • 15
    Use a wood float to level out the concrete even further after this point.
  • 16
    Finally, brush the concrete with a stiff-bristle broom. This will make it less smooth and more nonslip.
  • 17
    Cut joints every 10 feet around the edge of the concrete using a groover. This will allow for the concrete to expand and contract depending on the temperature and weather outside.
  • 18
    Let your concrete set up a bit more and then apply acrylic concrete sealant. This will make your concrete safer to use and walk on, and it will also ensure that your new patio will hold up to a lot of wear and tear as well as exposure to the elements.
  • 19
    Let your patio sit for a couple of days before you start using it.
  • 20
    Congratulations! You have constructed a brand new concrete slab patio in your own backyard!

Conclusion

Are you ready to start building? This is an easy job that most people can handle with no trouble. If you feel confused about any of the steps, don’t hesitate to look up more information or to ask someone at your local home improvement store for more information.

Otherwise, it’s time to get started! Now that you have your patio in place, here are some tips to help you better maintain it for the future:

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  • Cover your patio when it’s going to be very rainy, snowy, or icy for long periods of time. Concrete can hold up well to weather, but it will last even longer when you keep it covered during long-term bad weather, such as a rainy season or a rough winter.
  • Keep your patio clean. Rinse it off regularly with the garden hose and clean it thoroughly at least twice a year for best results.
  • If you notice your concrete cracking, you may need to reseal it or fill in the cracks. Don’t hesitate to do this in a timely fashion, because otherwise the cracks will simply spread and continue to damage your concrete over time.

Keep these tips in mind and your patio will be an important part of your backyard for many years to come.

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