Sharing how we used QUIKRETE Walkmaker to create an outdoor patio space and 4 tricks we learned along the way
Hello guys! This is a post that is long overdue, I don’t even know what to say. We had a busy schedule this summer with project after project and I am happy to report that this one is done…but not styled and I am cool with that.
This is a sponsored post done in collaboration with QUIKRETE. All thoughts are mine and mine alone.
Prior to buying a home, we had this checklist of what we wanted in a house. One of those things was a nice size backyard. Well folks, we got that and much more. Our yard is huge for living in the heart of our town (or city). Below are some pictures of half of my yard. As you can see, right at the back is an old oak tree. When we first moved in, we got a few tree trimming estimates from local tree companies because it was clear that the previous owners hadn’t been caring for it properly. Once we removed some of the more dangerous or unhealthy branches, we could truly appreciate its beauty.
With this being said, under this oak tree, I have always envisioned a patio. In our old home, we hired some Stamped Concrete Patio Walkways Contractors in Concord NH to put together the most beautiful patio but unfortunately, we’re now out of their service area. So, we were scratching our heads trying to decide what we could do and I came across some videos of people using QUIKRETE Walkmaker and I thought how simple it would be to create one back here. I literally thought this was going to be a weekend project. Boy was I wrong. I employed the mister and some of his coworkers to help make my vision come to life and I had to work around their work schedule. If you know what my husband does, you know he works 7-days out of the week. He was literally using his free time to make this happen. Trust me when I say there were some tears on my behalf because I wanted this done like yesterday (meaning over the summer) and we just got it done now.
Prepping for the Patio
Prior to laying any concrete down, you need to level the ground by removing sod and/or soil. Thank goodness grass barely grows back here due to the oak tree so all we really had to do was remove the weeds and level the ground. The mister has a buddy that does cement work for a living so he came over and created a large square using 2x4s in the area we planned on working in. I don’t think this step is necessary, however It helped when lining up the 2x2square walkmaker.
- QUIKRETE Walkmaker Form we used the Running Brick Form
- 80 lb QUIKRETE Crack Resistant Concrete mix Or 80 lb. QUIKRETE Concrete Mix ***
- 10 oz. QUIKRETE Liquid Cement Color
- Plastic Mixing tub or wheel barrow OR Cement mixer
- Milk Jug for measuring water
- Margin trowel
- Safety glasses
***We were sent QUIKRETE High Strength Concrete Mix
QUIKRETE Walkmaker Tutorial
We ended creating 196 square feet of patio and were sent enough material to fill that space. We planned on it being larger, but guys we just needed it to be done before we moved into the fall season. In addition we have already planned to have the patio cleaned regularly by companies like the Renew Crew of Johnson County so that all our hard work does not go to waste and keeps looking fresh and tidy. Below is a video tutorial of how we used the walkmaker to create a patio. Please note that any adult is capable of using the walk maker and creating a pathway or patio. Don’t let our timeline in how we work and how long it took persuade you not to use it.
Each section will use approximately one 80-pound bag of pre-mixed concrete. Follow the directions given.
Like with all projects, the first two forms are not as pretty as the rest. We learned a few tricks along the way that I will mention later.
With this particular pattern you are suppose to rotate a quarter of a turn. However, when we first started this project we turned the form to create a traditional running brick patterned and discovered we did not like it. Luckily for us our first row ended up getting rained on (weird for a town that is in a drought) so we ended up redoing it.
4 Tricks We Learned Along the Way
- Use a milk jug (1 gallon) to measure the water.
- Use vegetable oil spray and spray the forms so that cement does not cling onto the walkmaker form.
- Wear gloves and use your hands to get the cement into the form. We just used regular garden gloves with a rubber base. Our local home improvement store sold a package of 4 for a couple of buck.
- Remove the thin layer of cement that gathers on top of the form and edges with your fingers so that the walkmaker can come up with ease.
The Finished Product
The mister and I agree that one more row would be sufficient but due to time and that we are entering our busy season, we decided to hold off. Since we live in an area that is drought-prone we plan to create a pea gravel garden back here with a small area of grass. I am hoping to have some furniture out here by next spring. Wish me luck. I love how it turned out and I just wanted to say thank you to QUIKRETE for being so patient with us while worked on this.
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