How to build a cobblestone courtyard
When you decide to build a playground in the yard or garden, you have many choices of design and materials to choose from. To create a traditional, rustic courtyard space, you may consider building its cobbled courtyard. You can buy or collect cobblestone paving stones used an old path, patio or walkway to create a truly rustic element of the exterior of your home. To maintain the authenticity of the paved courtyard, you should dry-set stones, which also helps to shorten the installation time.
- Excavate an area to the cobblestone courtyard. Use a shovel to remove the grass and another two inches of soil in the area, digging to a total depth of three to five inches. Place the turf and soil in a wheelbarrow for easy transport to another location.
- Inspect the area with a level to determine the high and low points of the excavation site. The sword more land at high points. Continue to check the area until you have a perfectly level site in the overall length and width required for your patio.
- Shrink land within the site to create a firm foundation for the basis cobblestone courtyard. To do this, repeatedly you must pound the wide end, plane sabotage manual floor against the ground until no longer compresses the ground under your feet.
- Apply a layer of two inches of crushed stone for the site of the yard. Smooth stone and use the level to create a layer of stone perfectly level. Once level, land use tamper to compact the crushed stone in the same method described above, stopping only when the earth stops giving her weight.
- Start Installation cobbles cobblestone courtyard at the site. If you install a rectangular or square courtyard, you can start at one corner, but for circular or oval courtyards may want to start in the middle of the enclosure of the courtyard. To set the paver in place, simply place the paver on the layer of crushed stone. Set the level above the paver and use a rubber mallet to hit different areas of the paver to the pavers is perfectly level.
- Repeat this process of leveling every cobblestone paver place. Work out the paver of the first, in all directions. Leave spaces between the stones measuring between one quarter inch and one-half inch.
- Apply masonry sand in the gaps between the pavers. Wait until after you have installed the cobblestones and then dump the sand in the center of the enclosure of the courtyard. Use a broom straw or ordinary nylon or hand to sweep the sand into the gaps.