Wanted to cut down water usage in a bad back yard and had a great area for a patio. 20 per cent shade at 4pm and 80 per cent by 6. Afternoon sun in spring and fall. Had done a smaller section of pavers in front yard the year before so even though this was a large project to me I knew I could do it. Came up with several designs and finally settled on one. Had 640 SF to do.
The big thing with pavers is a good foundation and containment, I compacted the gravel with a tractor and a little bit with a hand tamper. Started on the bottom left side worked up to top, then to right side and back to the bottom. This way i could bring sand with tractor, screed it then load the bucket up with pavers saving a huge amount of work. Worked around an Air Conditioner and a well at the same time.
When done my wife had a ball decorating the patio and we now have a great quiet area in the shade in the evening and a great area to entertain a good size crowd.
One thing. I used 12x12 pavers and they have went on sale the last 2 years in July right when it is hot. Cost .99 on sale 1.40 when not on sale so waiting saved about 300.00