If you own a house on a lake and you are lucky enough to have lakefront property, then it is a great idea to go ahead and make sure that the lake access area is clean and comfortable. One of the nicest things you can do is to set up a nice patio area right at the waters edge. This will allow you to host parties right next to the water without having to worry about chairs tipping over and tables not being steady. It's easy enough to set up a patio, and it will be something that will allow you to fully take advantage of the property for as long as you own your home. So, here is what you will need to do in order to get that patio set up.
Clear, Then Grade
The first step you will need to take is to clear the area of any shrubs, grass, weeds, and other debris. You will want to pull up any plants by the roots and try and get the area as clean as possible. This is to get it ready for the next stage, which involves grading the soil. You never want to try to grade the property without first removing the plants. First, failing to remove plants will make grading the soil difficult; secondly, if you leave plants and shrubs where they are, you risk them growing up through the soil. Use a weedwacker and then a spade to dig up the plants by the roots.
Grade The Soil
The next step involves grading the soil where you want to create your patio. You never want to try to lay patio stones on an uneven plot of land. This will cause the stones to become dislodged after a while, and your perfectly laid patio will be ruined. So, what you need to do is go ahead and grade the soil. If you don't feel like doing this yourself with a hoe and soil rake, you can bring in a landscaper who can do it for you. In fact, if you're going to be using a paving contractor, it might be best to let them handle the situation.
Lay The Base
The base should be sand and then pebble gravel. This will let the water drain through the stones and not let standing water fill the area. The base needs to be compacted so that it's not loose. This requires tamping tools, so again, you might want to let the paving contractors handle the situation. The contractors can also lay down a weed barrier that will prevent unsightly plant growth from disturbing your beautiful stone patio.
Select Your Paving Stones
You should choose a paving stone style that fits your home and landscaping desing. If you live in a rustic area with natural landscaping, you might want to use bluestone or natural stone. If, on the other hand, you want the patio to stand out and not blend in, you could use a red brick paving design, which would work really well if you happen to have a brick house facade.