If an overall plan has been made for landscaping the front and back yard, certain areas are excellent candidates for modern garden paving. There are a variety of selections available from recycled materials, stone and coloured or natural cement. There are many shapes that can be made with forms that are available at home improvement stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s. Here is some great paving ideas from Indian Sandstone specialists Stone Traders
Prepping is the first part
The preparation of the area is critical to the successful completion of the project. If an area is not dug out properly and packed, all of the work that has been put into the project will have to be redone. Prep work is tedious to say the least. But if you take the time to do it right the first time, it will pay off later.
Paving designs to suit all tastes
There is a paving design which will suit your garden. It is a matter of looking at the space in a practical and creative manner. There is a great range of shapes, sizes and colours of paving slabs to choose from, so finding something appropriate should not be an issue. The enhancement of your outdoor space will provide you with practical benefits and pleasure for years to come.
Garden paving material is available in two basic materials: composite and stone.
Manufactured composites allow for greater flexibility with their large range of shapes and colours, and there is likely to be something appropriate to your requirements in terms of price, practicality and beauty.
High quality precast concrete pavers come in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes, but if flexibility is important you may consider using poured concrete because of its shaping and aggregation qualities. It allows for creativity in planning and will result in a durable surface.
That classic brick look
A popular choice of materials with many when undertaking a garden paving project is bricks. There is a good range of bricks available and laying them in different patterns creates different effects. Most garden paving involves bricks of some kind, and although they may not always be the cheapest alternative, they are, nevertheless, a good option in most circumstances.
Paving stones are available in many different shapes, sizes and colours. They can be a little pricey so keep an eye on your budget as you shop around.
Limestone doesn’t have such a range of colours, but is easier to work with than some of the other materials. Slate is considered by many to be most beautiful of paving materials, but may be less durable than some of the other paving stones.
Forms for cement can be used and the design laid out after the area to be paved has been packed and sanded for a base. Some forms can be interconnected while others are stand alone. The ones that are standalone require a bit measuring but allow for a bit freer style in design.
Stone and recycled materials also are great for free style design. But again, prep work is extremely important. With the many different sizes of stone, a pattern needs to be laid out over a small area. Work can then be expanded from the starting point.. After the design is fully in place, then the pavers can be packed and filled in with sand.
The toughest stone
Perhaps the toughest of the paving stones is granite. You will find a great range of colours, and being such a hard stone, it is an excellent choice in terms of durability.
A popular choice is sandstone, which also comes in a large range of shapes and colours, and is somewhat easier to work with. It also tends to be cheaper.
A creative project master will happily combine different materials in their undertaking, and the result of intelligent combinations of materials can be both surprising and pleasing.
There is something available for everybody when they are considering a paving project. They just have to combine the materials and ideas appropriate to their taste and to their budget.