First walkway job

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by blsmonroe, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. blsmonroe

    blsmonroe LawnSite Member
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    Here are some pics of my first walkway job. I've been cutting lawns for 4 years and I'm just starting into bigger landscaping jobs and paver jobs this year. (I'm sure you haven't heard that before) I know its not perfect, I did learn a lot though. One thing I'm looking for is suggestions on where we turned the running bond pattern to match the turns. Is there an easier way to do this? Or a a way to make it look better? The story behind the fourth picture is we hit a very soft spot of dirt. About 15 sq ft so rather than digging out the usual 7" we dug down about 18-24" to more stable ground.

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  2. KevinACrider

    KevinACrider LawnSite Member
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    Any reason why you chose that particular way of making the angle?
     
  3. blsmonroe

    blsmonroe LawnSite Member
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    More pics:
    We used 4" of road blend base and 1 inch of concrete sand. The pavers are ephenry Old town cobble dakota blend.

    Suggestions? Tips?

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  4. blsmonroe

    blsmonroe LawnSite Member
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    Kevin,
    To answer your question that was one thing i learned from this job. I based my new walkway too much on the layout of the old walkway. The customer wanted it similarly sized to the old walkway (that he did himself).

    Also I realize that I didn't go wide enough on the base, that was mostly due to poor planning and basing the excavation for the new walkway mostly off of the old walkway.
     
  5. KevinACrider

    KevinACrider LawnSite Member
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    The outline shape isn't bad but I'm referring to the way you cut the block at each angle. It doesn't look like it flows very well.
     
  6. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would have rounded the curves and the only cuts would have been the ends. Its not flowing right.
     
  7. blsmonroe

    blsmonroe LawnSite Member
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    Yeah, the walkway went from 5 feet to about 3 feet wide at that point so it was tricky making a uniform turn. That's actually the main thing i'm looking for suggestions on.
    The customer was very happy with it and didn't mention this detail. Some people I showed it to liked how that part looked, others weren't crazy about it. The more I look at it the more i'm not so crazy about it.
     
  8. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
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    Wow, ummmm. Since it's your first job I wouln't be too harsh. But those corners are unsightly. We stay away from straight paths and corners, but in the event we would need to do that, I think once single mitre would look a hell of alot better. Free flowing and winding is the "straight" path for pavers imo.
     
  9. blsmonroe

    blsmonroe LawnSite Member
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    Jeez, that bad eh? Thanks for the tip. I figured i should've stayed away from curves since it was my first job, but now it looks like that would've been the way to go right?
     
  10. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
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    curves are always the way to go.
     

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