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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. Below is a fantastic video prepared by Adbri Masonry Australia featuring expert and popular television trade personality Jason Hodges. Adbri supply some fantastic products perfect for many DIY jobs around the house, so be sure to check out their full range in-store or on our site.
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- 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). If like in the video above, your ground is solid already, then this can be missed when laying a stepping stone style path.
- Mortar Mix – A wet bed of mortar is required to lay your pavers on to get them level, stable and secure. You can simply use a premixed product such as Cement Australia’s Premixed Mortar or to save some money you can mix your own using builders pit sand (Washed Pit Sand) and GP Cement at a 4:1 ratio.
- Your Paving Choice – Open to personal preference and design style. Remember, for a stepping stone pathway, pavers large enough to fit your feet are recommended. Stick to 400mm square or larger.
- Decorative Pebble or Gravel – Once again this step it open to your personal preference. Pick a pebble or gravel that works well with both your house colour scheme and your stepping stone. We have found the optimal size for ground cover is between 10 and 20mm.
- Paver Sealer – A step many people skip, 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 pathway is not meeting up with an existing structure such as a house, retaining wall or concrete slab (like in the video) you will need to edge the area to prevent lateral movement of the pebbles. This can be achieved using a variety of products such as timber, concrete edging or aluminium.