Proper way to build a walkway on the side of the house?

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Posted by: from Brampton
6/11/2015 at 12:58:55 PM

I am going to build a new walkway along the side of the house, and had a couple of questions to ask.

My plan is:

1. Dig

2. Put no-weed material first on the ground

3. Put 4 inch of pea gravel

4. Over the gravel put no weed material again,so limestone or sand does not go through

5. Put 4 inch of lime stone

6. Install pavers or bricks


1. Do I really need pea gravel, or maybe just 6 inch of limestone laying on the ground is enough?

2. What is better to use for a side border, plastic edging or maybe I can use a fence post instead to make it stronger?

3. Should I use limestone or concrete sand will be a better choice?

4. Can the walkway pavers touch the side of the house or I need to give it some space between the pavers and the side of the house?

Thank you very much for your help.

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Date/Time6/11/2015 at 2:29:20 PM


You have the right idea! These are the step we take when we do paving stone:

Step 1. Mark out the area

Step 2. Dig down 8" of marked area

Step 3. Place landscape Filter cloth on soil throughout Mark area

Step 4. Place 6" road base, grad, level and compact road base

Step 5. Place 2" construction sand on top of road base

Step 6. Start placing paving stone

Step.7. Place Joint sand and compact on top so it holds paving stone together

Also you can use post lumber to hold everything in or the way we do it is by using concrete for the edge

Good luck with your project!

DNA Contracting

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Date/Time6/13/2015 at 6:59:59 PM

The first weed barrier is not necessary, but definatlry doesn't hurt. Don't use pea gravel, while it drains water very well. It does not LOCK together to give you a solid base that won't move. You need to use either the limestone or preferably what is known as 3/4 crusher run gravel. It has stone dust to 3/4" rock sizes and they lock together very well when you compact them every 2 inch layer to at least 8 inchs thick. On top of that put the weed barrier, Use a thick high quality one. Then you can put your 1 ich of BRICK sand on top, this type of sand also locks together vs say play sand. The pavers can go right up against the foundation wall of the house. For the edging how it is secured is more important than what type. I have the 3/4 gravel run about a foot past the edge of the pavers. That way the edging spikes are driven into a solid base that won't move vs driving them into just the earth. Also use the longest spikes you can find. Put about and inch or 2 of topsoil on top of the gravel and your grass will grow just fine.

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Dima in Brampton
Date/Time6/16/2015 at 3:51:42 PM

Thank you very much for your help!

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Date/Time7/12/2016 at 3:59:31 PM


Here is a good how-to video. In the description you have a list of tools and materials:

Feel free to reach out for consultation!

P.S. When choosing paving stones don't forget about their winter durability and salt resistance (important for Canada!). A nice guide you can find here:

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