Plan, plan, plan again – and when you think you've got it all sorted out, go back and do a bit more planning.
That's our advice when it comes to most home improvement projects, but particularly when natural stone pavers are involved.
Why? Because although you may be eager to get started, it's essential to take your time and do every necessary preparation. Otherwise, you risk running into all kinds of trouble – from going over budget to having the fruits of your labour destroyed by drainage issues down the line.
Here are three things to consider before beginning your stone paver project.
1. Is the site I have in mind suitable?
Always dreamed of a paved walkway to your front door? Or a limestone patio in your back garden?
While we understand every homeowner has their own vision for their outdoor renovations, it's essential to make sure these ideas are, in fact, feasible.
Visualise what you intend to build. Does it line up with what you see in front of you?
By surveying the site of your soon-to-be patio or walkway, you might discover things such as uneven ground or poor drainage.
Visualise what you intend to build. Does it line up with what you see in front of you? You may be dreaming of sunning yourself on the patio only to find that the area in mind doesn't get very much afternoon light.
The site doesn't need to be perfect, but it's important to make sure you're aware of any challenges that could crop up as you'll need to budget time and resources accordingly.
2. Which materials should I choose?
Once the site is finalised, it's time to think about which natural stone pavers you'll choose.
In terms of aesthetics, you need to think about:
- Colour – Which shade of stone do you prefer? Do you want to include accent stones as well?
- Size – What size stone will look best in a given area? Keep in mind that small pavers may look too busy in a large space.
- Pattern – Do you want a square, hexagonal or interlocking pattern?
Choosing natural stone pavers all comes down to what you think will look best, but it's also important to keep budget and practicality in mind. If you have questions about what will work best for your designs, don't hesitate to call the team at BauMart Natural Stone to talk through the options.
3. Can I do the job myself?
Certain elements can complicate a job, so make sure you've thought critically about whether or not you should hire a landscape designer or architect to help.
You may be able to handle a simple, flat walkway, for example, but are probably better off hiring a professional if you're trying to build an elaborate back patio with multiple levels, steps and an intricate design.
It's also a good idea to consult with an expert if you're thinking of expanding eventually or adding certain elements later on, such as a swimming pool or a fire pit.
Want to find out more about choosing the perfect natural stone pavers for your latest renovations? Reach out to the team at BauMart Natural Stone today. We're here to help you find the right materials and answer any questions you may have about working with them.