Preparing to Install a Paver Sidewalk

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Landscaper's fabric

A paver sidewalk is one of those additions you can do to the home in order to make it look stunning and to add a touch of class to it. You can pay someone thousands of dollars to install a paver sidewalk or you can do it yourself for a few hundred dollars. Installing a paver sidewalk is not an easy job to do on your own but it is possible. All you will need is a little time and effort. Planning a paver sidewalk installation is the right step to getting the best finished project. The following article will show you how to plan a paver installation as well as how to prepare a site for the installation.

Step 1 - Planning

Having a strong plan is the first step to creating a great paver sidewalk. Use your pen and paper to plan out the look of the paver sidewalk. Include ideas for how you will lay out the stones so you can purchase the correct sizes. Once your rough draft is completed you can pick out the right area to place the sidewalk. Use the measuring tape to determine the width and length of the paver sidewalk. Place stakes around the perimeter and tie string between the stakes to mark off the area.

Step 2 - Excavation

Use the shovel and begin digging out the area where the pavers will be placed. Only excavate within the stake boundaries you placed. You want to make the hole around 2 1/2 inches deep. Use the measuring tape to determine the depth. Remove any rocks or roots you may uncover. Use the tamper to press down the earth and then use the level to make sure it is level. Continue removing dirt, tamping it down and using the level until you reach the desired depth.

Step 3 - Prepare the Hole

Now that the hole is at depth and clear of all stone and roots you can start readying the hole for the pavers. Place the landscaper's fabric in the excavated hole. It should cover the entire bottom of the hole and come up the sides at least half of the way. The fabric should be very flat. The fabric prevents weeds and other plant life from growing between the pavers.

After the fabric has been placed down you can move on to the sand. The sand creates a base for the pavers to sit and create an airtight seal. The sand also creates a softer step as there is a little bit of movement to the pavers. Dump the sand directly on top of the landscaper's fabric. Rake the sand around the hole so that it is evenly spread out. Tamp it down and make certain it is level. Add more sand and continue spreading it out and tamping it down until you have about two inches of sand.

Step 4 - Finishing Up

Now that the sand is placed inside the hole you can begin to place the pavers to form the sidewalk.