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A Bunnings team member laying down a paver onto a layer of grout


A paved area is a great spot for entertaining in any backyard. If you'd like a versatile and natural stone, then bluestone pavers might be what you're looking for. They're easy to lay, cost effective and hard-wearing. We'll show you how to lay bluestone pavers in an even, straight line using a stretcher bond pattern.


1Run a string line

To lay pavers in a straight line, start by running a string line along your edge, one paver in distance from the wall. Hammer in a nail at that point and tie string around it. Then measure the distance from the wall to that string line point. Mark this distance out on the opposite side of your paver area. Hammer in a nail and run the string line from the other nail to it and tighten the string.

String being used as a guide line for the laying of pavers

2Lay the first paver

Spread out about 30mm of mortar where you're going to lay the first pavers. Put the paver on top or the mortar, flush with the string line. Use a rubber mallet to gently knock the paver into place.
Grout being spread on the ground for a row of pavers to be laid

3Make the paver level

Use the spirit level across the length of the paver to make sure it's level. Give it a tap with the mallet to even if out if you need to. Use a spirit level to check it diagonally as well. After making it level, just make sure the paver is still flush with the string line.

The first paver in a row being laid down, and a spirit level used to check that it had been laid straight

4Clean up as you go

A good tip after laying a paver is to wipe the top of it with a damp sponge to clean off any mortar. It's much easier to clean now than later when all the pavers are laid.

A Bunnings team member using a sponge to clean pavers right after they've been laid in place on the ground

5Lay the second paver

For the second paver, spread out the 30mm of mortar needed to lay the paver on. You can use a trowel to help you do this evenly. Lay the next paver on the mortar 5mm gap from the first paver. Then use the spirit level and the mallet to make the paver level like before.

A trowel being used to spread out grout for a second paver to be laid down next to a previous one

6Lay the rest of the first row

Continue laying a bed of mortar down and placing pavers on top in line with the stringline. Make sure you keep a 5mm gap between each paver, and that you use the spirit level and mallet to make sure every paver is level.

A mallet and spirit level being used to ensure the level of pavers is correct as they are being laid by a Bunnings team member

7Start the second row of pavers

If you'd like to lay pavers in a stretcher bond pattern, mark out the middle of the paver you'll lay. Then lay the paver so that its middle is aligned with the 5mm gap between the first and second pavers in the row. Keep a 5mm gap between the first and second rows.

A second row of pavers being laid by a Bunnings team member, staggered with the row next to it

8Check the edge of your row

As you lay your pavers out, it's a good idea to always make sure that the row is straight. You can do this by running a straight edge along the pavers. This will ensure that you're laying them down in a straight line. If necessary, adjust the pavers with the rubber mallet to straighten them.

The edge of a row of pavers being checked for straightness with a spirit level

9Measure pavers for cutting

Often you'll need to fit pavers at the start and end of each row. To do this, measure the distance between the end paver and the end of the paving area. Deduct 5mm from this distance to take into account the gap between the pavers. Then mark out the measurements onto a paver.

A tape measure being used to measure space within a paver layout

10Cut the pavers

Using saw horses and clamps to secure the paver, use an angle grinder with a diamond blade to cut the paver where you've marked.
An angle grinder being used by a Bunnings team member to cut concrete pavers

11Lay the cut paver

When laying the end pavers down, lay the end you've cut facing the other pavers. This will mean that the smooth, uncut end is visible at the end of the row. Just remember to leave a 5mm gap between the pavers.
A Bunnings team member laying down a paver onto a layer of grout

12Lay the rest of the pavers

Continue measuring, cutting, laying and cleaning the pavers until you've paved your whole area. Just make sure that every paver is level and each row is straight, and that you've kept a 5mm gap between all of the pavers. Then give the pavers at least 24 hours to set before you walk on them.

An outdoor area completely paved with grey concrete pavers

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Updating the side of the house was a labour of love for Rufaro who installed new planter boxes with seating, paving, edging, new planting and garden lighting.

Garden area with lawn and pavers, next to timber bench seating leading down the side of the house to a front gate
Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.