The Sidewalk

Sidewalk 8-17-13If you remember from my post about my new driveway I mentioned that we now have to replace the sidewalk. I was okay with it, though, because the pavers were not level so it was a pain to shovel in the winter. Also, dirt had collected in the middle where the pavers were mashed in and I would always slip on it when it was wet. Always.

Also, we couldn’t have a ratty ol’ sidewalk sitting next to our gorgeous new driveway (which I love more and more every day).



Pile of Pavers 8-30-13Jay is really good at these kinds of projects, so I let him take the reins on this one.

He pulled up all of the old pavers, as seen here in the back of the yard all stacked up. These were the concrete pavers that were used for the landing off of the steps.




Sidewalk PaversThen he coordinated with a friend (who has a truck) and they got the new pavers for the sidewalk. Due to the fact that it’s a rather long sidewalk we decided that we would reuse the old pavers that were still in good shape. After all, we didn’t want this project to cost us an arm and a leg.




Sidewalk OutlineJay got the base all situated and then figured out his lines for the edges. There were some things that he had to figure into the equation, and put a slight slope on it so that it would drain away from the driveway (and house!).









Sidewalk BuildingWith the help of another friend, they started putting the pavers down. Jay has never put a sidewalk in before, but I think that he did a really good job.


Are you ready to see what it looks like?




Sidewalk Finished 1I like it! It’s got a patchwork quilt kind of feel to it.

Keep in mind that when I took these pictures it had rained on and off all day so the older pavers were darker.










Sidewalk LandingWe used 16″ pavers, but didn’t have enough room right next to the steps. Jay and I tossed some ideas back and forth, and then we ended up with this. I like it. A lot. I don’t think that there is anybody else who has a sidewalk like this.









Sidewalk Finished 2We ran out of the edgers between the sidewalk and the driveway, but we will get some more to finish it off.

Even with those missing I really like how it turned out.

Didn’t Jay do a wonderful job??


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1 Response to The Sidewalk

  1. Jamie says:

    Beautiful! The patchwork effect is great, and a creative way to reuse the pieces you had.
    We have to build a walkway probably next year, but still haven’t figured out how we’re going to go about doing it… this is good food for thought!

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