Is your patio losing its charm and suddenly becoming plain? If so, it’s time you rolled up your sleeves and prepared for some remodeling. Adding an extra concrete and turning your patio into a beautiful place to relax and spend time with your family has never been easier. All you need is a good set of tools, some crafting skills and free time on your hands to create the perfect patio.
Plan for the Process
Extending a patio on your own is quite a demanding job, so it requires a little time to prepare for it. Be sure to draw the home and the current patio on paper, so that you could have a clear picture of what the future patio should look like and how big it’s supposed to be. After you’ve put everything on paper, it’s time to walk out and start marking the perimeter. A garden hose can help you mark the approximate dimensions that you’ve thought the patio should have, so that you could see if it needs to be larger or smaller than that.
Prepare the Soil
Once you’ve planned out the process, it’s time you prepared the soil for the construction. A hand tamper will be of great help for compacting the soil. Go through an entire section that you’ve planned to expand. What’s more, don’t forget to keep an eye on the level of the dirt from time to time, so that you don’t end up with an uneven patio surface. The second step in preparing the soil requires you to add four inches of crushed gravel on top, and level it with a shovel or rake to create an even surface.
Mark the Extension Section
After you’ve prepared the soil, you should build a form for the new patio with a lumber. Lay the lumber on the edge right on top of the gravel, and nail it together at the edges. They should be at the same level as the existing patio. The wooden stakes should provide good support for concrete, so be sure they’re hammered in well.
Finish with the Concrete
Now that you’ve done all the preparation, and marked the section for extension, you could do the most important part of the job and pour the concrete. However, if at some point you think this job is too much for you, and that you won’t be able to do it properly, hire extension builders who will do the job perfectly. On the other hand, if you’ve grown to like the building, continue with the project and rent a mixer that will create the concrete mixture for your patio. Once you’ve poured the concrete, use lumber to drag across the entire form and level the concrete. This way you’ll be able to get rid of any excess of concrete, or maybe add some more to certain spots and create a smooth surface for your new patio.
Finally, pick up trowels to smooth the surface. However, if you’d like to have a textured patio, take a stiff-bristled broom and swipe gently over the surface to create an interesting pattern. Be sure to keep the concrete wet for at least four days and maximum of a week. You could remove the wood forms after two days, and five days later your new patio will be ready.
Building a patio can be challenging but exciting as well. If you think that you’re able to do it on your own, follow these steps and create the great place to spend time with your friends and family. However, a professional can always do the job for you and save you the trouble of this hard work.