When it comes to the success of a paving project, thorough planning is critically important. Careful planning means that you can adhere to a budget and minimise the wastage of precious materials.

Pavers are an important component of home landscaping and can contribute to a great atmosphere for outdoor living. They can also add value to a home.

When planning for a paving project, the site should be carefully surveyed with attention paid to the scope and size of the area to be paved. Doing this allows you to estimate the amount of materials required and helps to identify issues such as drainage.

Use of the paved area from a lifestyle and practical perspective should be considered, and you need to have an understanding of the traffic that the pavers will be subjected to. Also make sure you consider drainage – preferably a gentle slope away from the home.

Choosing pavers is quite a personal choice, but you need to consider which pavers are practical and cost-effective. There is an extensive range of colours and shapes from which to choose.

Having selected pavers, thought should be given to the pattern that will be used when they are laid. The most popular options are brick bond, checkerboard and French pattern (four-piece pattern using differently sized pavers).

It’s wise to have an idea of the total cost of a paving project. Breaking down the costs into their various elements is a good idea and there needs to be room in the budget to cover expenses such as breakages, cuts, and site wastage.