Ok so here is the scenario, you have a great front lanai, but you are tracking cinder into the house. One way to prevent that is by building pavers. Here is a step by step process for you to build yourself some pavers, if you need assistance, just watch the episode “Pavers” on Build Better with HPM below.
The first thing you will need to do before you head to HPM to get your supplies is to measure the space to determine how many bags of Quickrete you are going to need. In this example, we are going to build (6) pavers that measure 20” x 20” a piece. To determine how much cement you will need to purchase just follow the formula below, or to make it easy, just ask an associate at HPM and they can help you determine the correct amount.
Here is the supply list you will need:
- Concrete Mix
- 2×4 Lumber
- Mesh Wire
- Deck Nails
And the list of tools to have on hand to finish the job:
- Digging Tools
- Wire Cutter
- Measuring Tools
- Power Mixer or Wheel Barrel
- Now that you have your supply list, head on over to HPM and pick up whatever you currently do not have on hand.
STEP 1: Build the Boxes
To make the 20” x 20” pavers you will need to build each box with (2) 20” sides and (2) at 23”, this will give you a perfectly square box, we recommend using screws to make it easier to pull off (This way you are not banging away with a hammer and maybe chipping the concrete).
STEP 2: Lay out the pavers to see where to dig & Level the ground
We recommend laying them out first so you know what area to level, use a garden hoe or shovel to outline the area, level the ground perpendicular to the house with a slight fade down in elevation away from the house to allow proper drainage. We recommend setting the forms with the screws facing out so you can get the drill to unscrew them easier.
STEP 3: Mixing the concrete and pouring
There are a couple of ways to mix the concrete, one is with a power drill, paddle, and some buckets, the other is the old fashion way with a shovel/garden hoe and wheel barrel. You will notice an arrow on the bags of Quikrete, that is where you will tear open. You want a moist mixture that can stand alone about 1/2” on its own. **Quick Tip #1** Remember it’s always better to have a little more water than not enough. Once the mixture is ready, lay down your Mesh Wire to the concrete can grab and tap down with a rake to help release some of the water and air. **Quick Tip #2** there is an arrow on the Quikrete bag, that arrow tells you where to pull to easily open the bag.
STEP 4: Let dry
It is always a good idea to let it dry for at least 12-24 hours. For the East side of the island, we recommend at least 24 hours because of the amount of moisture in the air.
STEP 5: Take off the forms
Tap the forms with your hammer to help release the forms from the concrete, unscrew the sides and lift the forms. You can rub the hammer on the edges so they are not as sharp and ragged.
STEP 6: fill in with gravel, decorative rock, or wood chips
Congratulations you just build yourself some pavers, no more tracking those pesky cinders into the house. For more DIY projects from HPM, subscribe to our newsletter CLICK HERE