Patios: Easy-Step Books
A patio transforms your yard and provides a pleasant place to relax. It's affordable, too -- especially when you provide the labor yourself! It takes a little effort, but here are the simplest, most straightforward ways to build it. Look through a variety of materials and make the right choice for your climate, site, and budget. You'll find information on every phase of construction from preparation to patterns and decorative touches.
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Installing a Patio on a Sand Bed
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