Homemade Patio

It’s rare that I feature other’s work on my web site; I am uncomfortable taking credit (or blame!) for work that’s not my own. I am making an exception to this guideline to feature a patio built by a homeowner in southern California. Drew contacted me in the summer with questions about dry laying a patio and some concerns about drainage. I answered as best I could, though it’s hard to offer too many specifics without having firsthand experience of the stones, soil and slope of the area. I linked him to the handout I made for my flagstone classes. Drew ran with the info I provided. His words: “So many people told me that the flagstone must be set in concrete. I knew that wasn’t the case, but I was still apprehensive about building it that way until I found your website and saw that other people were building dry-set patios the way I wanted to. Once I saw your work, I said “Ok, I can do this…” It definitely gave me the courage to ignore the “nay-sayers.” Now everyone who sees it says, “Wow!” We’ve had some rain recently, and the drainage works exactly how I hoped it would.”
Drew reports that the stone is quartzite. He used a Skilsaw to cut the shapes, and then roughed up the edges with a hammer to give them a more naturalistic look.
Nicely done Drew! And thanks for sharing the images.

Dry stone patio by homeowner Drew in southern California.

Dry stone patio by homeowner Drew in southern California.

Patio by homeowner Drew in southern California. Well done!

Patio by homeowner Drew in southern California. Well done!