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    DIY paving - a creative project for your yard

    Published on 15 May 2012, Tuesday, 5:11 AM

    For anyone looking to spruce up the look of their property's frontage, backyard or garden area, a creative touch can go a long way.

    Undertaking some DIY paving is a great way to re-route a walking path through a bushy backyard, draw visitors and household members to new areas of a large lawn or just improve access to areas such as the washing line or garden shed.

    But just because you are working with sandstone, pavers or concrete does not have to mean a light, flowing effect cannot be achieved.

    A nice alternative to a straight, blocked path can be a curved version or one where each tile is separated by equidistant patches of grass, bark or pebbles.

    And instead of stacking the blocks next to each other, using a different interlocking pattern can add both artistic flair and strength to your path.

    Try a herringbone effect, where the oblong tiles are fitted together in an arrow formation - similarly, the stretcher bond pattern can work equally well, as rectangular blocks are laid in a pattern as if bricks in a vertical wall.

    Ensure that the area you want to pave is well-drained before you attempt to lay any framing or the tiles themselves.

    Hiring a tipper truck to remove debris and a plate compactor to bed down sand and gravel is a great way to achieve your perfect path.

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.