After (literally) a year of planning, our decomposed granite patio is done (and for less than $500)!!
The first step in building our decomposed granite patio was to create an edge to hold back the gravel. We had a couple of options (brick, stone, metal edging, etc), but we chose to go with 6×6 pressure treated timbers. They were pricey at $20 each, but since we only needed three we decided to bite the bullet and go with them anyway. We like the chunky look that the timbers have and the way carry the wood look from our fence and deck to the rest of the yard.
Laying the timbers was simple, but fairly labor intensive (because they’re so danged heavy). To add landscape timbers to your project, you’ll need the following.
– 6×6 timbers
– 2 pieces of 1/2″ rebar per timber (2′ long)
– tape measure
– drill with 5/8″ spade bit
Because we wanted our patio to be about four inches thick, we needed about an inch and a half of the timbers to be buried. We had previously marked out where we wanted the timbers to lay with white spray paint and stakes, so Kevin began to dig a shallow trench for the timbers to rest in.
Once the trench was dug, we laid the timbers and checked them for level, then measured in 18″ from either end and drilled a hole using the 5/8″ bit (you always want to drill just sightly bigger than your rebar). Our bit wasn’t long enough to go all the way through the timber, so we had to turn it over, measure again, and finish the hole from the other side.
The last step was to hammer in the rebar. We used our mini-sledge to help get some extra umph behind each swing (I had the urge to break out into choruses of I’ve Been Working on The Rail Road on this step).
Once the final piece of rebar was flush with the 6×6 our timber edging was ready to hold back our decomposed granite patio!
What did you do this weekend? Anyone else busy finishing up their Pinterest Challenge projects?