Building a Paving Stone Sidewalk

If we could do it, you can too! Our front sidewalk is much longer than our back sidewalk, so we decided to use paving stones instead of field stones.  The paving stones gave us a smoother, more even surface.  We decided to extend it across the front of the porch and wrap it around the side.  (Later we removed the porch railing and ended up with a larger porch area.)

First we marked out the shape of the sidewalk with spray paint.  We removed the sod, laid down landscaping fabric, a layer of limestone gravel, and then a layer of sand.  That all has to be tamped down before you start laying down the paving stones. You can rent a tamper from many hardware stores.


We decided to curve the shape of our sidewalk leading from the porch to the driveway.  This design gave it a little more interest than a long straight sidewalk. We used boards to frame the straight part of the sidewalk in front of the porch and landscape edgers for the curved section.


The end result is a sidewalk that encourages you to slow down and take it easy.  Some landscape plants and a porch swing are additional encouragement for taking a break and relaxing. That's our goal--to make life simpler and more relaxed.







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7 comments:

  1. Wow, great post and pictures. I just bought a house and I want to start working on the outside. I want a nice patio out back made from paving stones. A place were I can entertain my guests. Right now my backyard is nothing but grass. After the patio is done I want to work on my front walkway. You have to walk up my drive way to get up to my house. Thanks so much for sharing Katie.

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    1. Hi Lauren. You are welcome! I am glad you found this post helpful. When we bought our house six years ago we had nothing but grass too. We had no sidewalks, so this was one of the first things we wanted to tackle! We're pleased with how it turned out. I hope you get your patio in soon and will look forward to enjoying it! ~Katie

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  2. Thanks for the share Katie! I am thinking about doing the same thing to our walk way and was curious as to what you guys used to seal the paver stones in place. Any suggestions?

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    1. Hi Mike. We used a flexible plastic paver edging that is held in place with spikes. Thanks for coming by and commenting! ~Katie

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  3. The main thing that one should keep in mind before installing the pavers is the surface. If it is clay surface, then installing pavers is of no use. I came to know about all this from bonitastone. Recently I have availed their service in installing pavers at my outdoor. They were too good in explaining all the details before starting the work. Thanks for sharing this post. Keep Posting..!

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  4. This is great documentation of your sidewalk remodel When I plan on remodeling ours I will refer back to this and see if ours is going the same. The only difference is the pattern we want to do on ours. We plan on using the same materials too, will you end up weatherproofing the top of the bricks? http://www.ruddockpaving.ca/en/

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