Gather your supplies
- Road base
- Bedding sand
- Pavers (we used 600 x 400mm Adbri Euro Stone pavers in Prague)
- 88 x 23mm x 5.4m Ekodeck composite decking in Silver Ash
- 150 x 75mm H4 treated pine sleepers
You’ll also need
Turf cutter; rake; shovel; spirit level; set-out paint; measuring tape; wheelbarrow; ear protection; plate compactor; screed; screed rails or timber lengths; hammer; pegs; stringline; rubber mallet; brickie's trowel; powdercoated grey countersunk screws
Remove turf, clear area with rake and shovel, and level. Decide on layout of garden – think about where paving and garden beds will sit – then measure and use set-out paint to mark boundaries.
Spread road base inside marked lines to depth of 80mm. If there’s a slight slope, use road base to build up areas so site is level (include a fall to allow for rainwater run-off). Wet and compact down to 70mm.
Spread 30mm of bedding sand over areas to be paved. Lay screed rails and, using a straightedge and spirit level, steadily drag straightedge along rails, screeding off and packing sand to create a firm, level laying surface. Remove screed rails.
Hammer in pegs in corners of paving area. Run stringline between pegs and set to finished height of pavers. Starting in 1 corner, lay pavers along stringline. Gently tap into place with rubber mallet and check level.
Pave whole area, leaving spacers (at least 180mm wide) in paving pattern where Ekodeck decking will feature. Once all pavers are in place, return to install decking.
Using brickie’s trowel, excavate excess sand from channels so that pine sleeper (to be fixed beneath Ekodeck decking) sits 23mm below pavers.
Position decking on top of sleeper. Fix decking to sleeper using a screw on each side of plank to prevent warping. Fix at each paving join using countersunk screws.
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