Originally Posted by pattatat
First post here, looks like a great site.
I'm looking to expand my back porch. Its just too small at 8'x10'.
It's a concrete porch and my plan is to expand it on one side by 5' and then expand away from the house 5' and probably put a curve on that end.
My plan was to keep the concrete and just add the paver section.
What do I need to look out for doing it like this?
Can I expect to be able to get my bricks to line up level with my porch?
Any tips are appreciated.
This is in north Texas and in heavy clay.
Pics below, I have some free time at work with AutoCAD...
Below is a picture of the paver patio, I built around our covered back patio, a couple years ago. I think it's the same concept you're looking for, but on a larger scale.
You're going to want a 4"-6" base of coarse rock for your substrate. I used 3/4"+ crush run lime, which packs down extremely hard, and eventually sets almost like concrete.
You'll need a couple inches of fine sand on top of that - spread evenly and (almost) level.
Lay your paver bricks atop that, in whatever pattern you wish.
Spread fine sand atop the bricks, work it in with a shop broom, run a vibra-pack over it, and repeat the process.
*The key is to get the substrate packed well, and the sand smooth and sloped slightly
away from the house. The rest is details...
This is what the patio looks like, after my wife went to work on it.