Creating a Backyard Paradise with a Paver Patio

After photo of paver patio

This paver patio includes a grill enclosure, fire pit and sitting wall.

We’re converting a Knoxville homeowner’s simple backyard into a Backyard Paradise.

Each year, we host a contest with our friends from Pavestone called “Backyard Paradise,” and this year’s winner is from Knoxville, Tennessee.

Sarah Gulley, her husband Jason, and their children all love being outside, so the contest prize of a backyard makeover is ideal for this family.

Here’s how we’re transforming this space.

The Projects

Before photo of deck

This deck doesn’t match this home’s architecture.

Remove Existing Deck

Sarah and Jason have a nice deck behind their spacious brick home, but it really doesn’t match the home’s architecture, so we’re going to replace it with a paver patio.

First, we clear the deck of furniture; then we lay plywood to protect the grass; and next, we demo the deck.

Danny lays pavers

Danny lays pavers for Sarah and Jason’s new patio.

Install Paver Patio

We’re installing a paver patio that will provide a durable, elegant gathering space for Sarah and Jason’s family, and their guests. This patio will complement the home’s architecture, unlike the old deck.

We start by spreading paver base, and then we grade the surface. A plate compactor moves a heavy base plate up and down very quickly to compress the surface beneath it, and soon, the foundation for this patio is in place.

We’ve covered this patio with a 1-inch layer of sand, so next, we place the pavers.





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  • Jay R Hilbelink Says:
    July 27th, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    I don’t think you should have destroyed that deck. Someone would have been interested in taking, or buying that deck. I have moved decks larger than that to a different location, in one piece. But, you just created more trash for landfills.


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Creating a Backyard Paradise with a Paver Patio