Want to transform your backyard, elevate its appearance and add value to your home? You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg — start simple and install some pavers.
You can overlay a concrete patio with paver blocks or start from scratch. Either way, the result will add character and texture to your outdoor living space.
Many homeowners have a “builder-grade” concrete patio — the basic, bare minimum to sell the average house. That’s a good starting point, but it’s usually not attractive.
Concrete pavers are thin, high-strength manufactured stones used in paving projects such as driveways, patios and walkways, hence the name. They instantly transform blank, builder-grade backyards into beautiful, comfortable destinations.
Pavers — made from cement and aggregate poured into forms, compressed and air-cured —are durable and last many years. They’re less expensive than bricks due to the lower cost of raw materials, and they’re easy to cut and install.
Concrete pavers come in a variety of styles, colors and textures to match any home and landscape. Pavestone designers work hard to keep up with the latest trends.
Avant Linear Pavers
Avant Linear Pavers, the company’s newest offering, captures the look of large-format planks, a growing trend for modern patios, pathways and stepping stones.
The 16-by-16-inch squares, which come in a blended gray color palette, are durable and stylish. They won’t decay, distort or attract pests, and they won’t fade from exposure to ultraviolet rays.
And do-it-yourselfers will be happy to know that Pavestone takes the guesswork out of installation. The company strategically packages and delivers the pavers on a pallet, and they make it easy to create a random, or linear, aesthetic pattern from four face textures.
If you’ve got a free afternoon, you can install pavers. Anyone can tackle the installation; it just takes time, tools and dedication.
Generally, you’ll need to excavate the site; install the base; screed, or level, the sand bed; cut and lay the stones; install some edge restraint; and compact the project.
That may sound like a lot, but it’s easy if you have a buddy and focus on one step at a time.
Here are some resources that can help:
Installing pavers is a DIY-friendly project. You can find designs that match your home’s style, lay them over paver base or concrete, and do so with or without mortar.
Best of all? You can create a comfortable, luxurious space that enhances outdoor living.
These are beautiful. A few years ago, when we had to replace a porch landing in our home, we visited a paver manufacturer and watched the process. It was wonderful, and convinced me it was something I didn’t want to do myself, given my age. For small jobs, however, it is doable.
Thanks for sharing your experience with the TodaysHomeowner.com community, Elaine!