A focus on home improvement requires looking at both the inside and outside of the home. The National Association of Real Estate Appraisers notes that property value can increase by up to ten percent due a positive first impression. Installing pavers in a sand base leading to the front door is one simple and inexpensive improvement for the home exterior.
You will need:
• Crushed rock
• Bedding sand
• 2 one-inch PVC pipes
• Wood stakes
• Chalk or string lines
• Manual compactor (rent from home improvement store)
• 1 piece of wood
• Masonry saw or a hammer and a chisel
• Rubber mallet
• Push broom
Step 1: Use the string lines and the chalk plus the wooden stakes to outline the location of the top of new pavers. Remove sod from this area with the shovel, digging at least 7 3/8 inches below the string lines or the chalk.
Step 2: Add the crushed rock to this area, filling up to about 3 ½ inches beneath the string line or chalk. Use the ruler to make sure the rock depth is a minimum of 4 inches in all areas. Rake the rock surface until it seems level.
Step 3: Compact the rock with the manual compactor. This creates the foundation for the pavers.
Step 4: Put the two PVC pipes on the rock, making them parallel. Spread the bedding sand between the two pipes, spreading only as much sand as you can cover with the pavers during the workday. Use the wood to smooth the sand and make it level with top of each pipe.
Step 5: Take out the PVC pipes and fill in remaining gaps. Do not walk on the sand or compact it in any other way.
Step 6: Lay the pavers, moving outward in a staggered pattern. Cut pavers as necessary with the masonry saw or the chisel and hammer. Use the tape measure to measure to your string line to verify that installation is accurate.
Step 7: Use the push broom to sweep the loose sand into paver joints, sweeping diagonally. Use your rubber mallet to set the pavers, beginning at the path perimeter and working inward. Repeat this process at least one more time to create a level surface.
Step 8: Spread additional sand onto the surface of the pavers and use the push broom to sweep it into paver joints, filling them. Retain extra sand to sweep onto pavers and refill joints as existing sand wears away.