The use of limestone is very popular especially in Europe and North America. A lot of early Egyptian art was also made from limestone. Limestone is a sedimentary rock that is easy to find anywhere and is not very expensive. Moreover, it is not only used for architecture, it is also used in making toothpaste, medicines and some cosmetics.
A limestone patio is an easy addition that you can do on your own in your home. All you need to do this is a shovel, string, a hand tamper, geotextile fabric, and crushed limestone with fines. Fines are grounded limestone that is mixed with the rocks to hold them together. It will act as the cement for your limestone patio.
Once you have all these materials at hand, follow these steps:
- Location. Determine where you want to put your limestone patio. Make sure that the area is level so that you do not have to work so hard on preparing the ground. Measure the area and set markers by using the string.
- Prepare the ground. Prepare the ground using your hand tamper and shovel. Dig the top layer of the ground where the grass is to remove it and flatten out the area. Use the hand tamper to compress the ground, which will be the base of your patio.
- Install the geotextile fabric. Use a wide, heavy woven geotextile fabric so that you are sure of the stability of your limestone patio. The geotextile fabric will keep the ground intact and keep water from ruining your limestone.
- Pour in the limestone. First, pour about three inches of the limestone with fines in the area. Use the hand tamper to compress the rocks. Remember that this layer will be your foundation. It is best to make sure that it is compressed tightly so that you have a sturdy base.
- Add more limestone. After making sure that your first layer is intact, add another 3-inch layer of rocks. Likewise, compress the rocks using your hand tamper. It is best to layer the rocks this way so that you are sure that each layer you add is tightly compressed. This will keep you from having to deal with the hassle of redoing your limestone patio. Repeat this step until you cover your patio completely.
- Make the ground durable. If you want to make your patio more durable to walk or stay on, sprinkle a little water over the layers when you are compressing them.
- Enjoy. Now that you are done making your own limestone patio, enjoy! Invite guests to come over, make some food and drinks and hang out in your new, self-made limestone patio.
They say, “Home is where the heart is.” Making it beautiful will show
the love and coziness that abound your home. Your neighbors will surely
be envious of the incredible project that you have finished. Your hard
work will pay off with the certain satisfaction from doing something on
your own and seeing how great it turns out afterward. Good luck on your
limestone patio project!