To hire someone to build you a patio can cost you a fortune. Making one yourself can also be pretty pricey.
However, there are a couple of things you can do to make sure your patio does not go over your budget and have it look great. All you need is hard material and a little hard work.
The best kind of material to build a patio out of is stone. However, flat bricks of stone are very expensive and hard to find when they are not known.
A cheaper alternative is cement blocks, the kind that is made in the shape of tiles, not the large kind that has holes in them, or bricks.
You can probably find bricks near you for free, or cheap, just look in your local paper or on other advertising sights such as craigslist.org.
The Paper and web sights are also a great place to find the other kinds of materials as well.
These bricks usually come from a building that was demolished or some other kind of structure, so you will need to pick and choose from the bunch that you find.
Another great place to go to find cheap materials is your local garage and yard sales.
It is not unusual for people to have leftover pieces, or to be selling their entire deck, so you never know. Going out of business sales can also be a great place to buy them.
Just make sure you look for the best price online before you go, because they might not be that good of a deal.
Also, you might be able to find what you are looking for at your local Menards or other home improvement store.
Once you have your materials picked out take a look at how much space you can cover with them.
Now measure out the area you want to cover with the material. If you are using stone or bricks you might need to dig down a little to help secure them into the ground.
Line the place you want to put your bricks with a plant deterring substance, such as a garbage bag or the professional black mesh, and start laying your material down. Make sure they fit next to each other well.
You might need to dig some spots and fill others with dirt to get them all to lay flat. But once you have done this you will have a great patio made of the material you chose.