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Published: Thursday, 5/11/2006

Do-It-Yourself Patio Tips

(NewsUSA) - Thinking of installing a brick patio? Here are some tips from Laura Schwind, a registered landscape architect for Pine Hall Brick, the largest supplier of clay pavers in the United States.

* Consider the size. Most people make their patios too small. The average patio is 150 square feet. To get an idea of the size and space, place furniture, a grill and your kids' toys in the proposed area and outline the area with a garden hose.

* Decide on the shape. Rectangular and linear patios are considered more formal. A curved patio allows you to bring planting beds into the space, adding interest by creating depth and dimension.

* Choose the pattern. The most popular pattern is herringbone but you can use a combination of patterns or colors to make your space more visually appealing.

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