Paver dilema

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by sven1277, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    We just got back from another trip to Colonial Williamsburg and as usual, it has inspired us. I'm going to build some clay brick walkways using a running bond pattern and a patio using a herringbone. To be authentic, I should have wavy imperfect lines. My ICPI training and anal retentive ways are telling me to have perfectly straight lines. I know it would look truer to the period, but I am having a tough time with this decision. Thanks for your replies.
  2. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,580

    Letz think about what you just said. you said "......My ICPI training....."

    Ok, lets stop there. ICPI stands for "interclocking concrete pavement institute"


    Second, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Do you think rock stars sit down and write music based on theory Beethoven used?? Do you think artists created oil paintings based on theories instructed somewhere??

    If you want the old world look - then go for it!

    Ever see the cobble roads and sidewalks in Europe? Show me one, old cobble pavement in Europe that hs straight joint lines!

    Kinda like this crap where some guys think all paver jobs MUST have a soldier course border!

    The reason why lines are wavey is because the clay pavers used are inconsistant in width and length. We work with clay pavers on multiple occassions. So when you're using pavers that are inconsistant in size - you automatically get wavey lines.

    Check out the pic below. 3200 SF of clay pavers. And NOT any two pavers were the same size!


  3. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    Yeah, you're right. This will be my first time using papers from Old Virginia Brick. They seem to be pretty consistent in sizing.
  4. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 900

    guess what, when you use clay pavers you are not going to get straight lines so the decision is made for you.
  5. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    As inconsistent as the product maybe, I' sure when it was installed, the lines were as straight as possible. Time, settling, travel, weather and deterioration will give it that old world look. Most manufactured clay pavers today, are very consistent and symmetrical, so the look is entirely up to you.


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