Cheap DIY Deck or Patio

saphireMarch 9, 2007

I would like to put in a really cheap and easy deck so I have something to put a table and some chairs and a lounge chair. My backyard is relatively flat although there is a minor slope (you only notice it if you are trying to install something). I am less worried about the slope since I am willing to fill that in, I just do not want it to look really awful and cheap. I am neither handy nor strong so am not looking for a major project. Any one use Flat Rock pavers? Essentially plastic made to look like pavers?

Can anyone suggest anything similar or better but not expensive? we may be expanding the house or moving so I do not want to make a major commitment

Here is a link that might be useful: Resin Pavers

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scottamuss

Level it with cement and/or sand and lay bricks, pavers, or stone of your choice. Use the biggest ones you can handle so there will be fewer gaps. Add some moss or other low ground cover in the spaces or grout for a more finished look.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2007 at 4:35PM
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kelpmermaid

I think I saw something fairly recently in Sunset magazine that might give you some quickie patio ideas. Check in the "Garden" area for "23 backyard projects" or something like that.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sunset magazine

    Bookmark   March 16, 2007 at 2:31PM
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dontknow

If you want low maintenance, a deck in my opinion is not the way to go.

We tore ours down and installed a paver patio for that very reason. Love it and should have done it sooner.

Deck maintenance is costly in time & money if you live in a climate of extreme temps in both directions.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2007 at 7:04AM
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mandarinmint

This is a good site which tells you how to build your own patio. This site also offers some good tips about how to prolong the life of your patio by adding an awning or a cover to your patio.

Here is a link that might be useful: Do-it-yourself patio construction

    Bookmark   August 27, 2008 at 1:38PM
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mandarinmint

This is a good site which tells you how to build your own patio. This site also offers some good tips about how to prolong the life of your patio by adding an awning or a cover to your patio.

Here is a link that might be useful: Do-it-yourself patio construction

    Bookmark   August 27, 2008 at 1:40PM
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homebound

Couple things you left out: 1) what you mean by "not expensive", and 2) roughly the size of the deck/patio that you think you need/want.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2008 at 11:21PM
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