The patio will be 11' in diameter and be the central focus of the landscape project. I am using Three Rivers rock out of the Sawtooth mountain range in Idaho, with black basalt pavers at the circumference giving it a bit of a framed look.
|After digging and redigging to get the required 6" depth, I start with a metal post directly in the center as a reference point to ensure a true circular shape.
|The first layer consists of 3/4"-minus rock to serve as a base, about 3" to 4" thick.
|I use a 2x4 from the center post with a level attached to give a rough, flat starting point.
|I added multiple holes in the 2x4 for adjustment since the bench encroaches (on purpose) into the patio.
|More base for the center.
|After the 3/4"-minus is compacted (me jumping on a 12x24 piece of wood), I add the sand. Only about 1" to 1-1/2" is needed.
|I used a string tied to the center post for positioning, along with the level to start placing the black basalt pavers.
|I'd do a spot check every so often for levality as I made progress around the circumference.
|The circumference is completed. Time to rock and roll.
|Since the Three Rivers flagstone was about 1-1/2" thick, I just used a 2x4 below the original 2x4 guide to level the sand.
|I'm not sure what sort inherited strength I got to move that huge first piece, but I still had all my toes at the end which was good.
|The first several pieces were easy to fit in. Near the end, I had to do a lot of cutting with a 4" grinder saw. Just ask my neighbors - they can tell you how much cutting I had to do.
|This is a good shot showing the various colors of the Three Rivers stand up rock, as the call it.
|Passed inspection. Barely.