Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios and Walls

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Designing the outside of the home adds to curb-side appeal, creates ambiance, and increases the value of the home. Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios & Walls provides the homeowner with all the information needed to integrate popular hardscape designs into the overall home landscape. Included are ideas for brick, mortar, and concrete walks and patios; flagstone and tile patios; and brick and mortared stone walls. Lavish color photographs provide design inspiration, while the...

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Overview

Designing the outside of the home adds to curb-side appeal, creates ambiance, and increases the value of the home. Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios & Walls provides the homeowner with all the information needed to integrate popular hardscape designs into the overall home landscape. Included are ideas for brick, mortar, and concrete walks and patios; flagstone and tile patios; and brick and mortared stone walls. Lavish color photographs provide design inspiration, while the extensive how-to section provides easy-to-follow information.

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Following the 1997 and 2004 editions, this volume includes more detail on walkway construction and new motivational photographs. While the text hasn't changed much, it is still well organized and easy to follow, covering short walkways, patios, and low masonry walls. Certain photographs and projects also appear in the third edition of Ultimate Guide to Masonry & Concrete, but this remains a good purchase for most collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580114844
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 6/3/2010
  • Series: Ultimate Guide
  • Edition description: Third
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 716,052
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios & Walls

Table of Contents

Introduction

WALKS

Designing Your Site
Making a Site Plan
Walk Designs
Hard Walks
Soft Walks
• Wood Walks

Edging
• Edging Materials

Grading and Drainage
• Drainage
• Changes in Walk Level

Soft Walks
Layout and Preparation
Stone
• Types of Stone Aggregate

Wood
Loose Aggregate
Lumber Walks
• Treated Lumber
• Untreated Lumber

Boardwalks
• Building a Boardwalk
 
Dry-Laid Walks
Tools You Will Need
Material Selections
• Brick
• Brick Patterns
• Adobe Blocks
• Stone
• Installation Tips
• Interlocking Pavers
• Concrete Patio Blocks

Setting Stone Directly on the Ground
• Possible Materials
• Laying Stone in the Ground

Walks on a Gravel-and-Sand Base
• Plotting and Excavating the Subbase

Laying Paving Units in Sand
• Spread Sand
• Set Pavers
• Fill the Joints
• Filling Wide Joints

Hard Mortar- Bed Walks
Anatomy of a Mortar Walk
• Site Conditions
• Mortar Mixes
•Tools for Working with Mortar
• Preparing Paving Materials

Preparing for the Concrete Base
• Install the Forms

Pouring the Concrete Bed
• Pouring the Concrete
• Begin the Pour
• Screed the Surface

Finishing the Concrete Surface
• Rough-Float the Surface
• Curing Concrete

Setting the Walk
• Set Forms
• The Mortar Bed
• Setting the Walk
• Fill the Joints

Ceramic and Stone Tile
• Suitable Types of Tile

Setting Tiles in Mortar
• Prepare the Surface
• Lay the Tiles

BUILDING
Steps
Step Design
• Finding the Run and Rise

Wood Steps
• Steps on Grade
• Building the Steps

Landscape Steps

Concrete Steps
• Determine Run and Rise
• Excavate the Site

BRICK STEPS
• Building Brick Steps

PATIOS

Creating a Comfortable Climate for Your Patio
• Making a Site Cooler or Warmer
 
Soft-Set Patios
Types of Patios
Installing Patio Pavers
Mortar-Bed Patios
Concrete Patios.
• Making a Concrete Patio

Patios on Concrete Slabs
• Flagstone and Brick Patios
• Tiling a Patio
 
 

WALLS
Dry-Laid Stone Walls
Tools
Types of Stone
• Selecting Stones
• Estimating Amounts

Wall Building Basics
• Building Requirements

Constructing the Wall
• The First Course
• The Second Course
• Cap the Wall

Footings for Walls
General Requirements
• Footing Size and Depth
• Footing Forms

Buying Concrete
• Dry Mixes
• Wet Mixes
• Estimating Amounts

Mixing Concrete
• Mixing by Hand
• Using a Power Mixer

Building Footings
• Building Forms

Pouring Concrete
Mortared Stone Walls
General Requirements for Stone Walls
Constructing the Wall
Concrete Block Walls
Types of Block
• Shapes and Sizes
• Estimating Amounts

Basic Requirements
Building a Block Wall
• Set the First Block

Stucco Finishes
• Applying Stucco

Brick Walls
Types of Bricks
• Brick Sizes

Types of Walls
• Anatomy of a Brick Wall
• Estimating Amounts

Basic Requirements
• Footings
• Reinforcement
• Mortar

Building a Single-Wythe Wall
• Wall Layout

Building a Double-Wythe Wall
• Wall Layout

Retaining Walls
Basic Requirements
• Excavation
• Drainage
• Footings and Reinforcement

Landscape-Tie Retaining Walls
• Building a Landscape-Tie Wall

Interlocking Concrete-Block Walls
Dry-Laid Stone Retaining Walls
• Building a Dry-Laid Retaining Wall

 
 
Appendix I
PLANNING AND DESIGN
Basic Landscape Design
What do You Expect From Your Yard?
• Working with Your Surroundings
• Formal Versus Informal
 
Basic Site Design
• Design Techniques
• Dividing Your Design Into Specific Parts
• Organizing Your Site Design

Appendix II
PLANNING YOUR SITE
Types of Soil
Dealing with Drainage
• Drainage Systems
• Grading Your Site
 
 

Resource Guide
Glossary
Index

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