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Most circular paver patios are made up of a few different paver shapes. The paver manufacturer should supply a detailed drawing showing the paver layout for each ring of the patio. Typically, the joints between pavers are offset with those of neighboring rings. If the pavers have mixed coloring, plan the layout carefully for the desired decorative effect.

 

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Overview

Concrete pavers are available in a range of sizes and shapes, making it easy to create distinctive patterns without a lot of cuts. This circular patio is made with a complete set of shaped concrete pavers. To create a perfect circle, all you have to do is set the pavers following the manufacturer’s installation diagram, and no cuts are needed (although some sets have center pieces that must be cut before installation).
Circular paver sets are commonly sold in fixed starter sizes, and you can add units as needed to enlarge the circle. You may have to purchase additional pavers as complete sets or in full-pallet quantities and use only what you need. Circular pavers are ideal for building freestanding patios because their shape makes for a nice decorative feature.
As a design feature, a circle naturally draws the eye toward its center. This makes a circular patio the perfect setting for a round patio table and chairs or for highlighting a central decorative feature, such as a fountain or statuary. A circle is also the best configuration for creating an intimate seating area surrounding a fire pit. In addition to patio spaces, small circles can be used as landing areas along a curving paver walkway, while an open ring of circular pavers can be used as a border around a planting bed.
The patio in this project follows a standard sandset installation. Mortaring a patio like this would be far more difficult than sandsetting, due to the irregularity of the paver joints. For the sandset process, it’s easiest to lay the pavers first, and then install flexible plastic edging around the perimeter to lock the units in place. If your patio plan calls for numerous cuts, rent a masonry saw, or tub saw, for making the cuts. Otherwise, you can make a few cuts with a circular saw fitted with a masonry blade. Before you get started, it will help to review the detailed information on laying out the project site and preparing the gravel base.
A circular patio is visually dynamic and its shape makes it uniquely suited to intimate outdoor dining and entertaining spaces. When shopping for pavers, ask about color and texture options. Some suppliers may allow you to mix and match finishes for a personalized look.
Most circular paver patios are made up of a few different paver shapes. The paver manufacturer should supply a detailed drawing showing the paver layout for each ring of the patio. Typically, the joints between pavers are offset with those of neighboring rings. If the pavers have mixed coloring, plan the layout carefully for the desired decorative effect.Fan-shaped pavers offer an eye-catching twist on circular patio designs.
Combine paver sets to create intersecting circular patio sections for custom shaping and sizing. Consult the paver distributor to learn about altering standard circular layouts.
From: Complete Guide to Patios & Walkways, 978-1-58923-481-9

What You'll Need

Tools:

Circular saw
Hammer
Drill
Excavation tools
Mason’s string
Line level
Plate compactor
Trowel
Flathead screwdriver
Shovel
Push broom
Circular paver units
16d nails
Duct tape
Lumber (2 x 2, 2 x 4)
Marking paint
21⁄2" drywall screws
Compactable gravel
Landscape fabric
1 or 11⁄2" pipe
Straight 2 x 4
Washed concrete sand
Scrap plywood
Plastic patio edging
Paver joint sand
Eye and ear protection
Work gloves
Tape measure

Materials:

Circular saw
Hammer
Drill
Excavation tools
Mason’s string
Line level
Plate compactor
Trowel
Flathead screwdriver
Shovel
Push broom
Circular paver units
16d nails
Duct tape
Lumber (2 x 2, 2 x 4)
Marking paint
21⁄2" drywall screws
Compactable gravel
Landscape fabric
1 or 11⁄2" pipe
Straight 2 x 4
Washed concrete sand
Scrap plywood
Plastic patio edging
Paver joint sand
Eye and ear protection
Work gloves
Tape measure

 

Step 1

How to Install a Circular Paver Patio - Step 1

Set the first ring of pavers around the center paver. Check their positions carefully, and make sure the spacing lugs are oriented correctly. If the pavers don’t have lugs, gap them according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Note: Do not hammer or tamp the pavers into the sand bed unless the manufacturer directs otherwise.


Step 2

How to Install a Circular Paver Patio - Step 2

Set the remaining pavers, completing each ring according to your layout diagram. Be sure to offset the paver joints between rows. The pavers may be labeled, requiring them to be installed in a specific order as you work around the circle. After a sizable area is laid, work from your plywood platform set atop the pavers.


Step 3

How to Install a Circular Paver Patio - Step 3

Install rigid paver edging along the patio’s perimeter. Set the edging on top of the gravel subbase but not the sand bed. Tip: Dampening the sand bed along the patio edge makes it easy to cut the sand away cleanly with a trowel before setting the edging.


Step 4

How to Install a Circular Paver Patio - Step 4

Inspect the paving to make sure all joints are aligned properly and all gaps are consistent. Make minor adjustments to pavers as needed using a flathead screwdriver as a pry bar. Be careful not to mar the paver edges as you pry.


Step 5

How to Install a Circular Paver Patio - Step 5

Shovel joint sand over the entire patio surface, then use a push broom to sweep the sand over the pavers to fill the joints. Repeat as needed until the joints are completely filled, then sweep off excess sand.


Step 6

How to Install a Circular Paver Patio - Step 6

Set the pavers into the sand bed using a plate compactor. Make a first pass along the perimeter of the patio, then compact the interior with parallel back-and-forth passes, overlapping the preceding pass slightly as you go. Note: Avoid excessive tamping to prevent damage to the paver surfaces. Add another application of sand. Tamp the surface, but make the interior passes perpendicular to those of the first tamping runs.


Step 7

How to Install a Circular Paver Patio - Step 7

Refill the joints with sand a final time and sweep the surface clean. Spray thoroughly with water to settle the joint sand.


 
 

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