How to create a new space with paving

Paving is a great way to transform a bland, featureless area into something more beautiful and functional. Bunnings National Landscape Buyer Katrina shares some ideas on how you can improve your outdoors with paving.

How to create a new space with paving

“With the right colour, texture and pattern combination, you can create a stunning outdoor space that can also become an extra living area, especially during the warmer months,” says Katrina.

Before you start, look online, on social media or in magazines to find some inspiration. Once you have some ideas on what you like, it’s time to start planning your space.

Plan and prepare your outdoor space

You may have a particular location for your new outdoor space in mind already. So now it’s just a matter of making sure that space works. Keep in mind things like soil depth and density; you’ll need to dig down 15cm to 20cm and it needs to be free of obstructions like vegetation and tree roots. You’ll then need to level the area and install a tightly compacted gravel base. For a handy step-by-step guide on how to do this, check out our D.I.Y. video on paving.

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Choose your paver

There is no shortage of colours, shapes, textures and materials to choose from when it comes to outdoor pavers. From natural stone and cement, to ceramic, brick and more. Things to consider are durability and maintenance, suitability for the area (i.e. non-slip for near pools) and of course, choosing a colour that will complement your home and surroundings. Head into your local Bunnings for helpful advice on this and to see the huge range of pavers available.

Lay your pavers

The great thing about paving is that it’s not a hard D.I.Y. project to undertake. Just make sure you follow a few simple rules like ensuring your pavers are laid straight and level, also making sure there’s a 5mm gap between each one. Once laid, it’s best to wait 24 hours before walking on your new pavers. For a step-by-step guide on how to lay pavers, check out our helpful how-to video

Paving is an easy, attractive and low maintenance way to transform your outdoor space, create a pathway or even install a driveway.

More ideas for your garden

For more great ideas, check out the landscaping section of our website.

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 DIY 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

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