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DIY Massive Concrete Cobblestone Patio

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Introduction

Many of you have wondered about the patio shown in the DIY Barrel Stove Outdoor Furnace pictures. In this topic, I will discuss how I built the patio using a concrete walkway maker form. I specifically used this one: [#AD] http://tinyurl.com/prjpvzl 

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Preparation

I will dedicate this topic specifically to the use of the concrete walkway maker form. If you wish to actually build the same thing, you should follow best practices for creating a structurally sound patio base as I did using the appropriate geo-textile fabric underlayment, crushed stone for aggregate, and all the requisites for building a sound base. This topic assumes you are knowledgeable in this area and / or you can do the research to discover how to create a prepared site / patio base structure.

Prepared patio base

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Materials and Equipment

  • 80 pound bags of concrete – to form the actual patio
  • [#AD] Cobblestone Walkmaker Form – Several of these were simultaneously used to form the cobblestone pattern
  • Concrete Mixer – to mechanize the mixing of concrete, otherwise this is an immensely laborious task
  • Strips of cardboard – to create custom forms for cobblestones near the edges and corners of your patio dimensions
  • Crushed Stone Dust – this is swept into the cobblestone spaces once done. I would NOT use sand as that does not interlock like stone dust

Using the forms

  • Mix concrete to desired consistency
  • Insert concrete into forms
  • Vibrate, tap, and trowel shapes
  • Remove form
  • Advance form and repeat

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First use as many full-sized forms as possible. Eventually, you will need to create the cobblestones that are missing.

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I had her test the patio while it was under construction!

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I was testing the patio out as well, while under construction! Works great!

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Creating Partial Cobblestones

  • Create cardboard forms for individual stones not made by walk maker form
  • Fill with concrete
  • Remove cardboard the next day
  • Use your artistic abilities to create similar stone shapes

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Completion

Once you create all cobblestones and let the patio cure for at least 1 day, you can sweep and fill the cracks with crushed stone dust.

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Decorate and Enjoy!

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5 thoughts on “DIY Massive Concrete Cobblestone Patio

  1. My-oh-my! That concrete patio looks absolutely beautiful! I’ve been thinking about a patio in my backyard, but I’m not sure I have my husband completely convinced. I just need to hire you, and then my husband will be on-board! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this project with me. I’m generating some good ideas from it!

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  2. Did you color the concrete? Would you mind listing how you prepared your base? There are so many ways ou there (specified number of inches…sand to crushed stone ratio…etc.). Since I will be using the concrete form and yours is so nicely done, it makes sense to use the same method!

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    • Hey there! I prepped the base with several inches of crushed stone aggregate, tamped it down super strong and then installed the concrete over that. I did not color the concrete – just natural color. Good luck!

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  3. Did you use just regular concrete? and did you use any color for this project? How long did you let it rest before removing the mold?

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    • Hey there – I used bags of concrete that you buy at local hardware stores like Home Depot or Lowes. I waited like 5 minutes and then gently tapped and removed the moulds.

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