Back at the first of the year, we had this wonderful idea of building a shed in our backyard to store our lawn supplies. Do you need a place to store more stuff too? Well in the spring Lowe’s had a great deal on 12″x12′ pavers, which would be prefect for the foundation of a shed. We bought them plus the sand and gravel to complete the job. But then other projects happened; redoing electrical, plumbing, and the fence. These made us not complete this project for about 4 months, plus it was really hot…
Then finally one Saturday we decided to start. We read and watched a lot of posts on how to install pavers. In the end our favorite tutorial was by Young House Love and how they installed their paver patio. Because we are doing ours the same way please visit their tutorial to get more details, we will just be sharing the little details on this post.
First off let’s talk supplies and tools. Some links in this post are affiliate link for your convenience, click here to read our full affiliate policy.
- pavers (we decided on the space then bought for that size)
- gravel (this should be 2-4 inches deep)
- sand (1 inch deep)
- 2×4’s (to make things level)
- 1″ PVC pipe (to level sand)
- paver edging (we did not use this but it would be a good idea)
- string (mark your area, again we did not use it)
- fill sand
- weed fabric
- tape measure
- stamper (we used boards screwed together, see below)
- rubber hammer
The first thing we did after buying the supplies was to mark the area with stakes. We used our tape measure to give us the distance we needed. It would have been nice to then rope off the area but it’s not needed. Then we started digging inside the marked area.
We decided to have our gravel base only be 2″ and make our pavers a 1/2″ above ground level. And with that our exact depth we needed was the same distance of a 2×4 board. So we used a 2×4 to give us our crisp edges and our depth of the hole we need to dig.
Once everything was dug out, we used our homemade stamper. We are cheap, what can I say… but it worked!
Then we placed weed barer fabric down then placed the gravel bags in the hole. We did this to make it easier to spread them out.
Next we cut the bags and used the rake to spread the gravel out. To make everything level, I turned the 2×4 to have the 2″ facing up. Then moved the 2×4 along the gravel with the level on top. Once it was level, we stamped down the gravel with our homemade stamper again.
To install the sand, we placed 2 PVC pipes on the gravel and poured sand into that area. Then using the 2×4, I leveled the sand by pulling the board across the pipe. We did have to move the pipe and fill in the little holes, Young House Love has some great pictures of this.
Then we placed the pavers on top of the sand, hammering them to make them level. Then we sealed our pavers with a concrete sealer (ours are concrete) and filled in the cracks with more sand. And we had this:
The process of installing the pavers took us one whole day and our area size is 6’x10′. The cost of the project was:
#60 :12×12 pavers – $52.80
#20 : gravel bags – $110.60
#12 : sand bags – $30
TOTAL – $193.40
Everything else we already had on hand. But that is how we created a paver foundation for our future shed. This project was not as hard as we were thinking and we cannot wait to install our paver patio one day!
Anyone else want to install pavers?