Making Walkways with Pavers

It’s amazing how important а well maintained driveway or walkway can be to the overall appearance and value of your landscape. If the pavement is cracked and broken the property can look run down and unkempt. If the paths are just gravel or dirt your curb appeal may be greatly diminished.

If you’ve been thinking about improving your walking paths, it is probably time to call а construction contractor and get the process rolling. It’s important to find quality craftsmen, because if it’s not properly constructed, it will quickly crack and deteriorate. After all, laying а walkway is more than scattering some pavers or pouring concrete. To do it right, expertise is required.

Measure and Layout the Pavers
Before anybody brings out the shovels, you’ll need а tape measure and а paper and pencil. Go outside and check out the area. We often take things for granted and ignore elements which we might see every day. After walking the area, you might decide that the path should curve or should be а little longer. Once you’ve measured the area, draw it out on paper. The contractors will also measure, but this allows you to see different options and help you better understand the process.

Excavate and Prepare the Area
The next step in the process is the excavation of the site. Think about future projects you might want to undertake. If you are planning on installing а pond, fountain, fire pit or outdoor kitchen, you might want to consider running an electrical line under а path before it’s built so it doesn’t need to be dug up later.

You’ll also want to call the utility companies before finalizing your plans and before digging begins to find out the location of underground lines. Excavation includes digging out the area, laying wooden boards to form edges, installing а gravel aggregate which will follow the grade of the slope, and mechanically tamping it down. After the area is leveled, sand will be spread.

Cut and Place Pavers
Walkway pavers add а sophisticated look that concrete can’t compete with. There is а wide range of shapes, styles and colors so ask you contractor for ideas that will work for your particular property. Consider coordinating your driveway pavestones with patio pavers to create а cohesive and complimentary look.

Paver stones will be measured and cut in advance. Then they will set into place and tapped down.

Install the Edge
The final step of building а walkway is the installation of the edge. The wooden boards that marked off the edges will be replaced with edging stones or another border of your choice. Sand will then be swept into the edges and cracks between the paver stones or concrete can be poured between them.

Your walkway is complete once it’s ready for use and you’ve walked on it. Make sure to step back and take in the whole picture. It is truly amazing how а walkway can transform а landscape.

Call HK Construction for a free onsite look see and cost estimate of your walkway building project. 858-748-6580.