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Tired of your aging gravel driveway or the asphalt that’s seen better days? Consider upgrading to concrete pavers for a touch of elegance and style. Incorporating pavers into your driveway design can infuse a unique charm into your home’s exterior.
By installing driveway pavers, you not only achieve a more sophisticated look, but also enhance your home’s curb appeal. Your driveway is an integral part of your property, along with the landscaping, paint, and other elements that define its character. Designing your driveway with pavers offers an efficient and aesthetically pleasing solution to revamp this essential component of your home.
Think about the impression your home makes on passersby. They’re likely to notice the exterior design, landscaping, walkway, and, of course, the driveway. Pavers not only enhance the visual appeal but also provide practical benefits, such as easier installation and cost-effectiveness.
If you’re considering a DIY project involving driveway pavers, you’re in the right place. Below, we’ve outlined the steps to help you build a stunning driveway with pavers on your own:
Building Your Driveway With Pavers:
If you’re concerned about the cost of concrete and labor for a new or existing driveway, pavers could be an excellent alternative. Installing pavers doesn’t necessitate a cement truck arriving at your doorstep or a team of skilled professionals. It’s a project you can tackle yourself, provided you have the right guidance, equipment, and supplies. In just a weekend, you can transform your driveway.
Remove Old Driveway Material:
Start by clearing the area until only the dirt foundation remains. Excavate the driveway to a depth of 12 inches.
Calculate Square Footage:
Determine the square footage of your driveway. For instance, if your driveway measures 10 by 10 feet, your square footage is 100 sq. feet. To find the number of pavers required, multiply the project area by the number of pavers per square foot.
Install the Paver Base:
Add the paver base in 2-inch layers until it reaches a thickness of 8 inches. Use a compactor and a level between each layer to ensure a level base.
Lay Steel Pipes:
Lay down 3/4-inch steel pipes in parallel, spaced approximately 3 to 4 feet apart. Fill the area with leveling sand after laying the pipes. Use a 2-by-4 inch board as a screed to flatten the sand back and forth until it’s smooth and even. Remove the pipes once the sand is leveled. You’ll need to do this one section at a time since you shouldn’t walk on the leveled sand.
Begin Paver Installation:
Start laying the pavers in a way that doesn’t require you to step onto the smooth, level surface. Once the pavers are down, you can walk on them, but avoid stepping on the base or leveling sand. For areas where you need smaller paver pieces, use a masonry saw or chisel to customize the size.
Sweep Levelling Sand:
Use a large shop broom to sweep leveling sand into the gaps between the pavers.
Secure the edges of the driveway with concrete barriers to keep the base, leveling sand, and pavers in place.
While installing pavers can be time-consuming, it’s a straightforward process that yields impressive results. To make your home truly stand out, consider matching the paver style with your home’s design. For example, if your home features light brick, opt for pavers with a reddish hue. If you need assistance with your project or are seeking the perfect paver options, don’t hesitate to reach out to Camosse Masonry for expert guidance.