Stone Pavers: Building A Curved Walkway

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Curved walkways add interest and curb appeal to your home. The installation of a curved walkway built using pavers is simple; however, it does require careful planning and installation. The following instructional guide will teach you how to plan and install a curved walkway.   

Determine the Layout

During the planning stage of your walkway design, you will need to determine the layout of the walkway. Using garden hoses or rope, define the path and width of your walkway. Using ropes or hoses allows you to tweak the layout. After you have laid out your markers, Use a measuring tape to ensure the walkway is a uniform width. Then, sprinkle flour or talcum powder along the outer perimeter of your walkway. Remove your markers, being careful not to disturb the talcum powder or flour, and mark the outer edges with spray paint.

Safety First

After you have marked your walkway, you will want to ensure there are no buried utilities in your path. Contact each company a few days prior to digging to give each company time to come to your house and mark any buried lines. This important step protects you from injury or death.

Prepare the Soil

To prepare the area for the installation of pavers, you will need to remove the sod and dig down approximately 7 inches. This depth will ensure you have a solid foundation for your walkway. Once you have removed the sod and dug down to the appropriate depth, install 3 inches of crushed gravel to the walkway and compact it down with a soil compactor. Then, repeat the process with another 3 inches of crushed gravel. Finally, spread a 1-inch layer of coarse sand over the walkway and compact it down to create a firm foundation for your pavers.

Place Pavers

Once you have prepared the walkway, it is time to install your pavers. Work from the center out to help ensure the pattern remains straight the entire length of your walkway. Once all the pavers have been installed, it is time to install your edging.

Install Edging

Your edging material creates a nice, finished look. Place the edging against the pavers and backfill against the edging to ensure it stays in place. Finally, scatter about an inch of sand on top of the pavers and work the sand into the joints using a push broom.

Installing a walkway made of pavers is a great weekend project for most homeowners. This project adds character and charm to your home. If you have been considering adding a walkway to your home, now is the time. Contact a local contractor, such as one from Premier Asphalt Paving CO, for further assistance.  

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