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Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios & Walls By Editors of Creative Homeowner

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A guide to designing and building walks, patios & walls. It includes: ideas for brick, mortar, and concrete walks and patios; flagstone and tile patios; and, brick and mortared stone walls. It offers advice on how to adapt projects to your home, and more.

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Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios & Walls by Editors of Creative Homeowner

Discover the secrets to creating your perfect garden with this superbly illustrated guide to designing and building walks, patios & walls. "Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios & Walls" provides readers with all the information and know-how they need to add that personal touch to their garden with walkways, patios, and walls. Included are: ideas for brick, mortar, and concrete walks and patios; flagstone and tile patios; and, brick and mortared stone walls. Lavish full-colour photographs provide design inspiration, while the extensive how-to section provides easy-to-follow information and advice on every aspect of the project - from picking the right tools to adding finishing touches. This volume includes: more than 450 full-color photos & illustrations; easy-to-follow instructions for popular projects; advice on how to adapt projects to your home; and, much, much more.

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Table of Contents

Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios & Walls

Table of Contents


WALKSDesigning Your SiteMaking a Site Plan
Walk DesignsHard WalksSoft Walks* Wood Walks
Edging* Edging Materials
Grading and Drainage* Drainage* Changes in Walk Level

Soft WalksLayout and PreparationStone* Types of Stone Aggregate
WoodLoose AggregateLumber Walks* Treated Lumber* Untreated Lumber
Boardwalks* Building a Boardwalk Dry-Laid WalksTools You Will NeedMaterial 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 WalksAnatomy 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

BUILDINGStepsStep 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

PATIOSCreating a Comfortable Climate for Your Patio* Making a Site Cooler or Warmer Soft-Set PatiosTypes of PatiosInstalling Patio PaversMortar-Bed PatiosConcrete Patios.* Making a Concrete Patio
Patios on Concrete Slabs* Flagstone and Brick Patios* Tiling a Patio WALLSDry-Laid Stone WallsToolsTypes 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 WallsGeneral 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 ConcreteMortared Stone WallsGeneral Requirements for Stone WallsConstructing the WallConcrete Block WallsTypes of Block* Shapes and Sizes* Estimating Amounts
Basic RequirementsBuilding a Block Wall* Set the First Block
Stucco Finishes* Applying Stucco

Brick WallsTypes 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 WallsBasic Requirements* Excavation* Drainage* Footings and Reinforcement
Landscape-Tie Retaining Walls* Building a Landscape-Tie Wall
Interlocking Concrete-Block WallsDry-Laid Stone Retaining Walls* Building a Dry-Laid Retaining Wall
Appendix IPLANNING AND DESIGNBasic Landscape DesignWhat 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 IIPLANNING YOUR SITETypes of SoilDealing with Drainage* Drainage Systems* Grading Your Site Resource GuideGlossaryIndex

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Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios & Walls by Editors of Creative Homeowner
Editors of Creative Homeowner
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Creative Homeowner Press,U.S.
Winner of Benjamin Franklin Award (Crafts/Hobby/How-To) 2011
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