Manufacturers offer pavers in a variety of patterns, designs and materials. The basic paver is a square or rectangular formed-cement block. However, alternatives include interlocking pavers typically used for retaining walls, octagonal pavers or wedges used for creating circles. Laying pavers is a time-consuming project that requires ample planning and preparation. Determining the desired pattern is the first step. The best option is to lay the pavers out on a flat surface in the desired pattern to tweak or adjust the pattern as needed.
Things You'll Need
Draw a sketch of the desired shape for the paver pad on a piece of paper, and include any curves, bends or corners.
Draw square grids across the drawing with a ruler to indicate the pavers. Adjust the design as needed to fit the area. Review paver shapes at your local hardware store and adjust the grids as needed to obtain a basic idea of the overall pattern.
Purchase pavers that will fit into the basic pattern determined by the sketch. A paver pad does not have to be built using only one type of paver. Different patterns can be joined to create a single surface.
Lay out the pavers into the basic pattern prior to installing to determine the sizing needs and proper layout. Adjust the positioning of the pavers as needed to obtain the overall shape and pattern desired. Leave gaps wherever pavers will need to be cut for curves or angles. Cuts are made during the installation.
Tips & Warnings
- Basic patterns are often on display at the local hardware store. Review the options and play around with sketches of the options before purchasing the pavers. Taking time to plan and prepare before making purchases or installing the pavers simplifies the process.
- "Lowes: Complete Home Improvement and Repair"; Don Vandervort; 2005
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