We're happy enough, though, to do it ourselves and design our yard the way we want it. We had a nice patio when we bought this house; however, it just wouldn't hold both our table and chairs and our firepit, so we needed to expand it.
We had lots of work to do to prepare the new area.
Remove the sod
Dig out everything 8"
Level the dirt, then add landscape fabric.
Add 4" of gravel
We added 2" of sand over the gravel. Level, level, and level some more.
We had to try to figure out a pattern for the pavers that matched the existing pattern.
After all of the pavers were laid, we added a special polymeric sand. We brushed that between the cracks, then went over the entire area with compactor. The polymeric sand had to be meticulously cleaned off the pavers, so we used the blower very carefully to get it off the pavers, but allowed it to stay in the cracks.
We then lightly sprayed the area with water to seal in the polymeric sand.
We added sod around the edges because seed would take too long and would be a pain trying to keep the dog off of.
The sod did eventually fill in (since this picture was taken) and now looks great. We love the new space!
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