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Popular Paving Patterns

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All you need to know about paving patterns with 7 popular designs.

Building or renovating? There is always the garden and landscaping that needs to be done to finish off the project. The one important thing you need to consider is how to keep your feet out of the mud when walking around your garden. Areas such as the path around your house, path to the clothes line, to the garden shed, under the verandah, even the driveway. What material to use will largely be based on personal preference and the look you wish to achieve in your garden and around your home.

Pavers are user friendly, natural and have a stylish look that can complement any home with a large range of colours, designs, materials and sizes to choose from.

When planning to pave an outdoor living area, you need to consider what paving pattern will look the best!

This article looks at the 7 most popular paving patterns for a driveway, patio area or around a pool.

  1. Stack Bond

    Stack Bond 90° Pattern

    Stack Bond 90° Pattern

    Stack bond is the laying of rectangular pavers end to end to keep all vertical and horizontal lines continuous. This is a very simple design to lay and the easiest for diy home handymen to do themselves.

    Stack Bond 45° Pattern

    Stack Bond 45° Pattern with contrasting edge

    An alternative to having the lines run horizontal and vertical is the stack-45 design.
    Simply run your string line on a 45° angle from either direction; left or right to get this diagonal paving effect, popular with square pavers.

    More cutting is involved and you will be cutting bricks on a 45° angle too, so you may have to hire a brick saw from your local tool hire shop.

    The stack bond paving pattern is OK to use for under verandahs but not recommended for driveways; when the wheels turn on the pavers, they will move the lines.

  2. Stretcher Bond

    Stretcher Bond 90° Pattern

    Stretcher Bond 90° Pattern

    Similar to stack bond but the difference is the end to end or vertical lines don’t run continuous.
    With stretcher bond, the horizontal lines still run continuously, but the vertical lines don’t;.

    Stretcher Bond 45° Pattern

    Stretcher Bond 45° Pattern with contrasting edge

    Again, another popular paving pattern alternative is to lay the stretcher bond method on a 45° angle; which is often used and recommended for driveways because of the stronger interlocking design.

    This design is often referred to as brick bond because it typically looks like the brick pattern on your house wall.

  3. Herringbone

    Herringbone 90° Pattern

    Herringbone 90° Paving Pattern

    This style is where the pavers are laid diagonally on a 45 degree or 90 degree angle. The courses are laid were one paver faces to the left and the next paver faces to the right and this continues on.

    Herringbone 45° Pattern

    Herringbone 45° Paving Pattern

    The trick is the next course locks into the first course so half of the last course connects into the first half of the next course.
    This style usually needs a square perimeter pave to hold the pattern together.

    This design is another popular paving pattern for driveways as no line of paving can shift because everything is interlocked. The perimeter square paver can be the same colour or a different colour to make a feature of the driveway.

    Similarly Herringbone; especially laid on a 45° angle is a popular paving pattern for patio areas. A row of pavers with a contrasting colour could be laid around the perimeter.

  4. Radial Paving

    The perimeter paving course, laid usually in a contrasting colour to the core paving to create a portrait effect and is one of the most popular paving patterns used in outdoor patio areas, or a semi-circle off of a wall for a BBQ feature.

  5. Basket Weave

    Basket Weave Pattern

    Basket Weave Paving Pattern with Edge

    Basket weave paving is achieved when 2 rectangular pavers are laid side by side in a vertical position and the next 2 pavers to be laid in a horizontal position. This creates the woven basket look.

    These pavers need to be 2:4 ratio sizes so the pattern can work. Once again a border course is required to help lock this pattern together; another great pattern for driveway traffic.

  6. Stretcher/Header Combination Paving

    The combination of using the header (short side) and the stretcher (long side) of the pavers, this delivers a zigzag effect which can be highlighted with different colour pavers to ‘jazz’ up the look.

  7. Large paving

    Large Paving is a simple laying technique of extra-large pavers in rectangular or square shapes. They can be against each other or laid further apart with gaps where grass can grow or pebbles can be laid to break up the contrast of a large area of paving.

Now you have decided on a pattern, all that is left to do is find out what are the best pavers to use for paving your driveway, patio or pool area.

Trades Check recommends you look for and use local licensed paving contractors when thinking about paving an outdoor living area. Paving contractors will ensure the base preparation is correctly done to allow a consistent finish of the paving height and most importantly prevent collapsing of the soil later on in wet areas. With correct base preparation, driveways should not begin to subside in the wheel tracks of your vehicle. Not only does this look ugly but can become a dangerous ‘trip’ hazard too!

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