Backyard Concrete Paver Update

Recently the guys from Double P Construction have been making quite a bit of progress with the concrete pavers in the backyard. If you have no idea what I’m talking about check out this post here that talks about the inspiration and the plan. It’s really exciting to see things coming together.

First we started by marking the layout with spray paint.

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Then the guys used string line to make a more definitive layout that would guide them in forming all the pavers with 2×4’s.

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After forming everything it’s time to start the concrete process. First the sand goes down to create a compact surface, then wire mesh is placed in the sand and will act to strengthen the concrete. Then of course the concrete is mixed and poured. We used white portland cement because we want to stain it an earthy color which would be really difficult to achieve with grey concrete.

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And this is what it looks like after all the forms are removed!

Backyard Concrete Paver Overview

Phase 1 Paver Overview

The large pad at the top right of the image is where the future “outdoor kitchen” area will be with a grill, small sink and counter prep area. The other large pad at the bottom of the photo is where we’ll put a table for outdoor dining. We wanted a larger pad for the table so we wouldn’t have to worry about chair legs getting caught in between pavers.

Backyard Pavers- Path to Dock

Paver path from house to dock

Backyard Pavers- Small lounge area

Small Lounge Area

The area shown above with the smaller pavers is actually covering a cistern where we will collect rain water! We had to use smaller pavers otherwise it would look odd to have just one small paver which serves as the door to the cistern. I actually really like breaking up the space with different size pavers that define the various areas. In the future we could put a couple of lounge chairs here to catch some rays when the other lounge area is shaded.

River rocks will fill in the space between the pavers and we may even introduce some kind of dryscape grass in the future to soften the space.

River RocksWe’re using a blend of two different rock colors; River Jack and Medium White. Alone the River Jack was too dark and the Medium White didn’t provide enough contrast. Together…perfection!

We’re continuing the pavers in the rest of the backyard as well. The path below runs along the house connecting the outdoor kitchen area to the sunbathing area.

Concrete Paver Path Near the House

This path runs along the dock and pool connecting the sunbathing area to the dining area. We left the center open for small trees and ground cover plants.

Concrete Pavers Along Dock

I’m really happy with how things are coming along. Can’t wait until we can start enjoying the space!!

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3 Responses to Backyard Concrete Paver Update

  1. John says:

    awesome so far, cant wait to see it finished too. We are looking to make similar paves for a path & didn’t think to cast them in place. This will save us time now especially on the sloping parts.

  2. Nick says:

    Awesome. I am planning to put concrete as well, but I am afraid of moisture and maybe after a few years it will look really bad. Any ideas to prevent this? What sand did you use.

    • designnsuch says:

      Hey Nick,
      You definitely need to seal the concrete which should prevent any moisture problems. We used an outdoor sealer from either Sherwin Williams or Home Depot. I’m not super happy with it because it’s VERY slippery when you get out of the pool. I’m going to reseal it at some point and will either put some sand in the sealer or buy a sealer with some kind of grit in it. I have a good one that I used on my shower floor. I think it was part of this system here http://www.vseal.com/products/stonelok-e3-2k-countertop-kits-40-sq-ft-kit. We do get some algae/mold that grows on any unevenness in the concrete but that can be scrubbed out. It’s been two years and the pavers still look good. Though if I had to do it again I would probably acid stain them instead of using the DecoPoz. The color has come off in some places and will eventually need to be touched up. Good luck with your project!

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