DIY Projects & Guides
For many people their house is the single largest investment they will ever make. So it only makes sense we love to spend so much time and money on improvements both inside and out. With increasing popularity of home and lifestyle television shows like Better Homes and Gardens, The Block and Grand Designs, now more than ever people are willing to get their hans dirty and take on many project themselves rather then calling in the professionals.
Adaptable to all shapes and sizes, paving along with turfing can offer a perfect feature are in landscape design. Are you planning to get stuck in and give paving a go? Then make sure you download our DIY Guide PDF for step-by-step instructions on tackling this job without the pro’s. Then watch through our great paving videos featuring our Tradie expert Chris to see exactly how the professionals do it. You can even watch these directly though YouTube on your smart phone so you can refer back to them while on the job!
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A Shopping List For Your Job
- Road Base – The compactable sub-base that will add structure and stability to your paved area. A must if you are not laying your pavers over a concrete foundation. For pedestrian areas, 75mm is recommended. This equates to 13.3m2 of paving per cubic metre (1.7 tonne).
- Bedding Sand – The bedding layer on top of the road base, easy to screed level and bed pavers in. This coarse sand also aids in water transfer and stops pavers rocking around on the coarse and stone filled sub-base. For pedestrian areas, 25mm is recommended. This equates to 40m2 of paving per cubic metre (1.5 tonne)
- Your Paving Choice – Open to personal preference and design style. Remember, larger pavers can make areas appear less cluttered with less joins and lines but can mean more cutting!
- Gap Sand or Joint Sand – A sweepable sand distributed through the joins of your finished paving job. This stops any further movement of the pavers laterally as well as prevents weeds. Depending on the size of the paver and gap size, you may need up to 2 bags for every 10m2.
- Paver Sealer – A step many people forget, but why spend good money creating a space if you don’t care for it! Learn more about Paver Sealing.
Don’t forget to factor in some edging material. If you paving job is not meeting up with an existing structure such as a house, retaining wall or concrete slab, you will need to edge the pavers to prevent lateral movement. This can be achieved by using timber, concrete edging or aluminium edging such as Link Edge or alternatively you can use a process called haunching (a process of skirting the paved area with sand/cement mix).