How To Build a Patio

September 14, 2008 at 7:50 am 8 comments

Because I feel that knowledge unshared is wasted…I’ve decided to share with all my blog friends the best way to build a patio. 

Step 1:  Invite over several children to help you remove the grass.  Grandkids are cheapest, but any old kids will do.







Smallish children and the family dog are best used as sand spreaders.







Step 2:  Immediately after hosing off the borrowed children, sweet talk your local Home Depot delivery man and he’ll drop your brick tiles right on the edge of your hole instead of on the curb.  This is a very good thing because you then won’t  have to gather any teenaged children to assist with the rest of the installation.

Step three:  Once the oldest of the borrowed children has been rinsed and dried, bet her a banana split that she can’t carry any of these heavy brick tiles.  It will be necessary to remind her how very small, and frail her twig-like arms are and how delicate her little legs.  An occasional sigh and mumbled regret that one has only grand girls rather than grand boys is also quite effective in inspiring the child to bring the bricks directly to you in a timely manner. 

Step Last:  In the event you haven’t injured any of the borrowed children, lay out the bricks in the sand, add a grill, a table, some chairs, a chiminea, some tiki lights and realize you really need a bigger patio.  Repeat steps one through three.

Tomorrow…pictures of the completed patio.




Entry filed under: gardening, kids.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Robert  |  September 14, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Ha ha ha, great, thumbs up… Made me think how to use all the children in the neighbourhood. There’s a whole army of them wasting their times in front of computers, while there’s so much useful stuff to be done in my backyard. 😉

  • 2. Quilly  |  September 14, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Can’t wait to see the patio. I always said the child-labor laws only apply if one is going to pay the children. Coerce them into working for free and it’s all right!

  • 3. Little old me  |  September 14, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    I wish I had thought of that when we did ours!

  • 4. LauraJ  |  September 14, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Hee hee that was great! And girls ARE better than boys!

  • 5. Shelli  |  September 14, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    OMG! That looks both fun and messy. I hate dirty hands so I totally would have sat there and drank lemonade while the kids and the husband did all the work, occasionally giving advice how it would look better this way or that. 😉

  • 6. katcampbell  |  September 14, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Robert – Round those chillen’ up! Hard jobs like this are so much fun with a bunch of giggling girls around.
    LOM – Apparently you lack my lazy bum gene.
    Laura J – Of course girls are (but I can’t tell them that or they get big heads)
    Shelli – Husband does nothing around the house and yard. Without the grandgirls, I’d be doing everything myself.

  • 7. anhinga  |  September 14, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Who knew you were so funny? LOL

  • 8. Hayden  |  September 16, 2008 at 7:43 am

    great plan and looks like it worked like a charm!


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