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Show #48/6609. Back Yard Makeover - Finishing Touches

Installing A Base For An Outdoor Kitchen

There's a bit of an art and a science to working with pavers and Eric is always fascinated when he sees the installation. It’s much more than the pavers, one has to get the foundation right, then also use polymeric sand between the pavers so they're basically locked in place. It's so important to get everything level or, in some cases, sloped just right to where it doesn't retain water. What should be done regarding a base for the patio? It's not a simple process. Begin by excavating at least four inches of soil. Then go in and put a base down using crush and run, then you'll go over that with granite sand which will help level it out, then use a wacker packer to tamp it. The pavers come in different sizes and different styles. So depending on your budget, one could spend anywhere from $12 to $18 a square foot on a paver. But all of the preparation work is so important. We've all seen brick patios that over years will look super uneven, really bird baths in the middle. Those type problems are all symptomatic of not getting that foundation right from the beginning. If you want to put a gazebo on top make sure to install concrete footers at the base of the gazebo. This will secure a pavilion or a gazebo to the patio.

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