A little detour from the before and afters... There are a couple of unfinished projects that are SOOO close to being finished I can not bring myself to posting the afters of the inside yet. For example, today we are finally going to hang one of the mantels on our fire place. This house has been around 37 years with out fire place mantels! There is also a chandelier I am almost done refinishing that goes in the kitchen...
Several people have asked if I would put up a post on how I laid my pavers. Here is a step by step on how I did it.
First of all, they way I laid them is not the typical way you lay pavers. I'll tell you why in a second. And second of all, it is not hard but if you do it right it is a little time consuming. Coincidentally, yesterday I was flipping through an HGTV magazine and it said you should always be sure to hire a professional if you choose to go the standard 3 x 6 brick pavers. The reason being, every brick has to line up properly or it will look crooked and sloppy! I am in no way a professional but I am meticulous about details. I think my paver pathway looks pretty good. I will be sure to share a few tricks I learned along the way.
- Paver base - I laid our bricks on top of cement. A lot of times pavers are put on top of a sand base. A long time ago and my husband and I laid pavers on top of a sand base. It worked out great but it takes time and patients and was just one more step. You can find youtube videos on how to do the sand base. When we were having the driveway poured we had the path poured a couple inches lower than the driveway height so we could put the pavers right on top. I did not cement or glue the pavers to the concrete. I just laid them dry.
4. Making the cuts- I used the saw below to make all the cuts. A friend let me barrow it. It does not look like much but it made the job so much easier! It has a 10 inch diamond blade and is like a miter saw and a radial arm saw all in one. You can cut your pavers with a number of different saws. But if you have access to one like this it will make your job so much easier. Its probably the best saw cut pavers with.
Always mark the brick before you cut. I drew all my marks with a sharpie. Lay your brick down where you want it to be then use a ruler or something straight to draw a line where you need to cut the brick.
5. Apply jointing sand - The jointing sand is a sand concrete mixture. You can buy it in the gardening department by the pavers at Lowes or Home Depot. After all the brick was down and the cuts were made I did one final check for straightness then swept the jointing sand into the cracks.MAKE SURE YOUR PAVERS ARE COMPLETELY DRY BEFORE YOU DO THIS PART.After all the cracks are filled you should use a blower or vacuum to get all the jointing sand off the tops of the brick. This could take some time but very important. Once the tops are clean water down the pavers to activate the jointing sand. Read the directions on the bag. For my path I had to water it every 15-20 minutes for an hour.
My pavers still have a little gray on top but we like it. It looks like the pavers have always been there.