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Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Landscraper82, Feb 27, 2010.
New hardscaping, landscaping, irrigation and lighting.
I am not a landscaper, I just install pavers. So, I'll comment on those.
You need to run a string line or snap a chalk line in your bedding material to keep your bond lines straight. Industry standard is + or - 1/2 inch over 50 feet. Walkway is worse than the driveway. The small wedges in the radius soldier course is a BIG NO-NO. Looks amateurish and those pieces are not durable. Instead cut each individual paver into trapezoids to make your curve. This will help make each piece uniform in size, and more durable. The cuts on the right side of the driveway are to small. In a driveway, no cut paver should be less than 1/3 its original size. Small pieces, called slivers, will not hold up. They will break then crumble and will come out. This will lead to loss of interlock. Try changing up the pattern to use a larger piece for the cut. We call this "using a backer paver".
Just a few tips for you.
Where are you located? Whats your background?
You seem to have some hort knowledge. I'd suggest Otto's vs Skip's in that application next time. The Skip's will get big/tall fast.
Love that coping edge, will it settle much or is it set in concrete? Nice work, looks good!
I like the landscaping more than the brick work, overall nice big job to have under your belt, but some items that need to be looked at next time. Rex covered most of them. What I see...
Front step should be a tad deeper, coming off the top landing I bet half of their foot is not even touching the step. Go with min. 14" on that one, try incorporating at least one row of interlock next time.
The side walk width is fine, but with the extra large soldier course it looks way to small and choppy. With that type of stone you could of changed up the pattern and run with "runner bond" to make it flow nicer. Also where it meets the driveway, try smoothing that curve out a bit more by bringing down the driveway another 3 or 4 feet.
Wish I could be laying brick now, still snow here.
Thanks for the replies.. Yes the edgestone we set in 6" of concrete base. I have dont this plenty of times, the oldest probably being 5 years and have never had a problem. Occasionally one will be lose within a week or so, but I think that was more of it not being set in the crete correctly, and its easy to fix.
looks really nice. Nice to see a new install. Pretty rare right now as many of us less fortunate are still frozen...