When building a patio, various patio construction methods should be used for different paving materials. Pavers should be dry laid. Natural stone such as bluestone can be dry laid or wet laid. Concrete has its own installation method.
Please see the technical images and information below that you can follow. Which one depends on which type of hardscape you are using.
Another helpful resource is my ebook Patio Plans For Inspiration
See actual patio plans that I did for some of my clients, including 3D designs, seat walls, pergolas and raised patios.
Materials that can be dry laid are concrete pavers, brick, bluestone, travertine pavers and other natural stone.
Dry Laid Paver or Stone Patio Construction
For more detailed information on laying concrete pavers or travertine pavers when building a patio, see Building a Patio with Pavers
Also, here is some interesting information on using polymeric sand as a filler in the joints. The page is mostly about using it with travertine pavers, but much of it applies to concrete pavers too.
The above image shows the various layers of materials and their depths that should be used when building a patio with paving stones and other materials (such as brick) set in concrete.
Paver or Stone Patio Set in Concrete
Note: Concrete can be colored to make your concrete patio design more interesting. You can also create geometric patterns. This is different than stamped concrete.
The biggest disadvantage of concrete, other than the fact that people think it is boring, is that it can crack. This is particularly true and even more important if you live in a cold weather climate.
Concrete Patio Layers and Construction
Patio Plans For Inspiration
See how special features such as ponds, walls, outdoor kitchens, seatwalls, and steps are designed with a patio.
Explanations are also provided.
*Drawings and information are meant as a guide only.
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