Before you begin this do it yourself project decide on the design. Look at natural stone patio and walkway books and research online for images on flagstone patios and walkways.
Designing a stone patio or walkway is fun. There are not many steps involved in the layout of the patio, however the installation of the stone, sand and gravel is high labor. I would suggest that you pace yourself with the dry set flagstone patio or walkway installation; you may want to consider completing the DIY project over a long weekend with a couple of your friends.
In 2004 I moved to a historic adobe home in the Southwest region of North America. My husband and I loved the architectural design of the home and that it was a green home. We also admired the landscape as the home sat on 1/4 acre. I knew as soon as I saw the landscape that a natural dry set flagstone patio and walkway would not only accent the home but would also compliment the outdoor living space.
We purchased the flagstone and all of our supplies at a wholesale rock company. For our patio and walkway we used 2 tons of flagstones and edging stone, we also purchased pea gravel and AB3 sand. Our total costs for the patio and walkway came to $11.25 a square foot.
A rubber mallet, garden tools, spade, wheelbarrow, level, white marking paint, heavy duty leather gloves, 2-wheel dolly, plate compactor, garden hose and a broom. (Note: you can rent a plate compactor at a construction supply store or you can buy one at a home improvement store or amazon.com
Flagstone patio and walkway instructions