Last year, I decided I needed a patio. A place where the family could sit outside and eat. Without the feet of the chair sinking into the ground after a rainy day, while ants and bugs swarm at my feet. I knew I wanted a patio that was:
- Inexpensive - but not crappy materials.
- Temporary -just in case the miracle kitchen renovation that includes my dream deck, I pray for daily, happened
- Easy to build - nothing too intricate or precise
- Not too labor intensive - The lighter the materials the better
I found different types of resin/plastic/rubber tiles that looked like a great option. The reviews were great. The only problem was that most cost $3-$6 a freaking tile! Um, no. I dreaded the idea of the labor involved with stone tiles, but it was looking like my only budget-friendly option.
Then, the best thing happened!
I was walking through Costco, buying things for my Fourth of July party, and came across a box of deck/patio tiles made from 98% recycled materials, super light weight and best of all, really inexpensive. Like just under a dollar per tile!
The next morning, I had a plan. A good one. First, I went to Costco and bought the last seven boxes for a total of 110 tiles. Then I ran to a garden center and got the thickest weed barrier I could. I was now in for a total of $130. This HAD to work.
It hosed off and drained beautifully and works better than I imagined. I put a layer of mulch around the side to help with irrigation and to hide the edges.
Nearly a year later, the patio looks like it did the day I finished it. The best part is that the tiles are made from recycled materials and work insanely well on uneven surfaces. They sort of roll like a wave over the large root of one of the trees and stays snapped together. I seriously cannot recommend this type of patio enough to someone looking for an inexpensive, easy to move and build a sustainable solution.