My first paver install.

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by KeystoneLawn&Landscaping, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. big daddy b

    big daddy b LawnSite Member
    Messages: 95

    The OPs job looks pretty good, I like the contrast on the different color soldier. The field pattern doesn't really look great, but at least looks well executed.

    To the above pictures of the other walkway....who does something like that? I mean I guess I can kind of see your pain when reffering to the amount of cutting you have, but it wouldn't be all that bad if cut in a better way. I certainly would never change pattern like that in the middle of a flowing walkway, spoke or not.
  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    Show me how you did it on a similar walkway. I already said it was less than ideal but me and the homeowner agreed this was the best compromise. Got paid and a $150 tip so its not all that bad
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  3. lukemelo216

    lukemelo216 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Messages: 1,267

    it looks pretty good for a first time install, but a few things I see that stand out that should be addressed.

    Yes, just cut whol pieces for your soldier course and loose the small wedges.

    Salior course looks good, up until the walkway. I would have made the walkway about 1' wider becasue it just looks way to narrow with the salior course.

    I guess this is more of a question than doing something different. But did you pull string lines when you laid your brick? 1 going perpendicular with the house/stair case and the other perpendicular with the patio area? To me it looks like your pattern got out of line somewhere. You should pull a string line off something square going each direction then start laying your pattern, that way your always laying square. THe other thing that stands out slightly, which is maybe why your walk looks a little different is that it looks like the walkway is on a slight angle instead of square off the patio wall and the rock wall.

    Just a few minor things but it will all work out over time as you do more.
  4. lukemelo216

    lukemelo216 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Messages: 1,267

    Depending on matierials and site conditions that is all a 11-15k project after installation and then restoration.
  5. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 774

    I wanted to make the walk 4' instead of 3', but the customer thought it would look too wide for the area. The pattern looks out of alignment from where I took the pic because the stairs there are not perpendicular to the house or porch. The pattern is laid to the house and porch and is square to them.

    Thanks for the input. All is greatly appreciated, its a great way for a solo to improve the next project. The more eyes the better!
  6. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,588

    Am i the only one who kinida likes r.j.'s design...?

    If it were me i would have used a more greyish red brick to not contrast so much with the grey pavers, also bring the red bricks to the border, then do rj's idea of breaking the design from the patio and walkway, use the red bricks to seperate the two of them.
  7. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    Hi Bob, looks like you've been busy. What did you use to excavate everything....reason I ask is my skid is available if you ever need it. We did one total landscape renovation this year and ended up installing a patio along with it, came out nice, customer's were happy with it so thats all that matters right.

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