Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Filling in the Gaps: Part 3 of our DIY Flagstone Patio

This is the third in a series of how our family built our beautiful Flagstone Patio.

You may view Part One and Part Two here:
Preparing the Foundation
Laying the Stone

Now that the stones are laid and level and the puzzle is complete, we're ready to fill in the gaps between the stones.  This step was actually a lot of fun.  Partly because the hard labor was behind us and the end was in sight but also because sweeping sand is just plain fun!

Genuine Happy Smile... Whistle While You Work

 Even the photographer wanted to give it a whirl.

Honeyman's job was to come to the rescue whenever there was a stone that was even the slightest bit "tippy". Gently moving it around at this point helped it to settle well. Remember, the leveling of the stones had already occurred in step two.

Sometimes we dumped a little too much sand in one spot. Our trusty snow shovel was the right tool to scoop up the extra.

Almost done.

With all the sand swept into the gaps, it's time to gently squirt the surface with water. We then let it dry for a day and added sand to any spots that needed to be topped off. Another sprinkling of water and we were ready to begin our final step in building our beautiful patio. 

Stay tuned for Part Four: A Surprise Finish!


  1. How I am enjoying this series, your projects look beautiful even before they are done in these photos! Everything is so neat and organized even during construction. Love the patio, it's just wonderful.

  2. What a great looking crew you have there...wonderful DIY project...I love it

  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you for these posts! I know it was a lot of hard work, and you make it seem easy, but I really think I might could do this! Thanks for all the detailed instruction. Can't wait to see the surprise ending!

  4. It's a beautiful patio! What a fun post, showing the entire family working together!

  5. Actually this is just the caboose of my family. We did have fun.

  6. Your patio and walkway look fabulous! You have done a excellent job. I once laid a small flagstone patio. Putting sand in the cracks really was fun!

  7. Hello there Carolyn !
    My goodness you live in a gorgeous place and you are making your home and garden even more gorgeous !
    I love the DIY project .. it is going to be a beautiful patio and very well loved I am sure.
    After being cooped up all winter working outside is wonderful .. I hope to get some work done tomorrow .. today sort of got cut short so it was a very quick "Happy Dance Friday" ! LOL
    Joy : )

  8. Beautiful job with the patio, and what a beautiful view from it!

  9. Wow, this looks gorgeous - and looks like you had lots of happy workers!

  10. Looks great! I love imagining you all happily sweeping sand. :)


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