Creating a Backyard Paradise with a Paver Patio

Fire pit

Build Firepit

Installing a fire pit will make this patio cozy and offer the perfect place to roast marshmallows on cool nights.

Much of the fire pit is made from pavers that match the patio, for a seamless look.

Watch “How to Build a Backyard Fire Pit with Pavers” for step-by-step instructions.

Build Sitting Wall

A sitting wall enhances and adds function to the patio. It provides extra seating, and because it’s also made from pavers, this retaining wall adds visual interest and dimension to the paver patio and fire pit.

Watch “How to Build a Patio Sitting Wall” for step-by-step instructions.

Phantom Screens

This door screen protects you from mosquitoes and UV rays when in use, and disappears into the wall when not.

Install Phantom Screens

Sarah and Jason had a makeshift screen to pass through their back entrance to the patio. But it was a temporary solution, and it looked that way, too.

We’re replacing it with Phantom Screens, retractable doors that protect you from mosquitoes when you need them and disappear into the wall when you don’t.

We also added some landscaping to help create this backyard paradise.

Danny and homeowners

“Today’s Homeowner” host Danny Lipford sits with Sarah and Jason Gulley.

Post-Production Thoughts

Sarah and Jason have a beautiful backyard, but the deck that was here before kept them separated from it.
It felt cramped with more than two or three people, and it really didn’t fit the home architecture.

Now that the deck is gone, we’ve created a beautiful paver patio that flows right out into their big backyard.
The pavers are a much better fit for the style of the house and, even though the patio is about the same size as the deck, it feels much larger.

Two small columns welcome you onto the patio as you enter the backyard; then the curved seating wall and fire pit practically shout an invitation to sit and relax.

The grill enclosure that Ted put together in the corner is both functional and attractive, so backyard meal prep can be as much fun as the party it’s serving.

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Install a fire pit

Watch and Learn:
How to Build a Backyard Fire Pit with Pavers

Installing a fire pit makes a patio cozy and offers the perfect place to roast marshmallows on cool nights.Watch video.

Patio sitting wall

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How to Build a Patio Sitting Wall

A sitting wall enhances and adds function to your patio. Here’s how to build one with pavers!Watch video.


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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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