As most of you know, hubby and I have been building a pond this summer!
If you missed it, you can see it here!
In addition to the pond, we wanted to extend our paved patio around the pond and connect another patio we built a few years ago that houses my hubby’s “hammock”!
That’s the space in the background!
By this time, we’ve become fairly familiar with how to lay paving stones (if you’d like to see more walkways and patio spaces, click here) but, I thought you might enjoy seeing the transformation!
This is our space before………..
Laying paving stones is a fairly simple process……..
It’s important to lay a ground cover, such as a semi permeable cloth, to keep weeds at bay and provide for easy maintenance.
After the ground cover is laid and secured, we add a layer of road fill (some use decayed granite) and then a layer of sand.
To be quite honest, we forgot to lay the road fill and just went with the sand in this area. It is important to apply the road fill if you are paving an area that you will be driving on as the road fill helps to secure and keep the paving stones in place. With walking paths, this is not as important but we shall see if there is any difference between this and our other spaces come next summer as the stones “settle”.
After laying and leveling the sand, the process of laying your paving stones (in the pattern you decide) begins……….
…….place the paving stones and pound them in place with a mallet until they feel secure.
It is a rather tedious endeavor that just takes time and patience……
And a brew…….or two! Did I mention we did this during July, in Texas…..triple digit temps (yeah, I know we’re crazy)!!
After all the paving stones are in place, a fine layer (or two, or three) of sand is swept into the cracks followed by a light misting of water to settle the sand and secure the stones in place.
Every couple years, depending on where you live, you should apply another layer of sand to help secure the paving stones and clean up your area.
I absolutely love the finished product!
It reminds me of cobblestone streets and brings a sense of leisure and relaxation to the space!
Next up, our pallet swing we built to enhance our space and enjoy the tranquility of the pond.
Until next time……….
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