Creating patterns in your paving is easy when you know how!
Also known as stretcher bond, this pattern creates a strong linear effect. For a patio or courtyard, it looks best contained within an edging border.
Step 1 Lay out first course of pavers to form a border around entire area.
Step 2 Using a bolster and lump hammer, split a supply of pavers in half.
Step 3 Starting in 1 corner, lay pavers in rows. Use half pavers to ensure joins in each successive row are offset.
This traditional pattern is very easy to lay, and requires no cutting. It consists of alternating horizontal and vertical pairs of pavers.
Step 1 Start at a corner and lay first row of pavers in basket-weave pattern.
Step 2 Work your way along, row by row, so you only step on pavers and don’t disturb the sand bed. Check periodically that pavers are level, and adjust sand bed if required.
Large-format square pavers are popular for good reason: with no pattern to follow, they are easy to lay. Bear in mind, depending on their material, large-format pavers can be very heavy. Check their weight when buying so you know if you can do the job solo, or whether you will need a helper.
Step 1 Lay first row of pavers along 1 edge of the area.
Step 2 Work forward across area, ensuring that each paver is just touching its neighbours and that the joint lines are perfectly straight and aligned in both directions.
Secure the edges
Mix up a mortar of brickie’s sand and cement (at a ratio of 4:1) with enough water to create a stiff consistency. Using a trowel, create a mortar haunch around the outer edges of the paving. Leave to set for about 48 hours.
Fill the cracks
Use dry jointing sand (also sold as Sydney sand) to fill the cracks between pavers. Using a wide broom, sweep the sand back and forth until all the gaps are evenly filled.
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