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Installing Pavers

Proper preparation of the subsoil, base, and bedding layers will keep a hardscape looking great for years

Proper preparation of the subsoil, base, and bedding layers will keep a hardscape looking great for years

 

Hardscaping Articles

  • Hot-Tub Cornucopia

    Utah-based hot-tub-manufacturer Bullfrog Spas has assembled a collection of 63 design ideas for backyard hot-tub installations. The blog post at the company's website includes tips on material selection, layout, and design.

     
  • Major Yard Upgrades

    A survey of nearly 1,000 homeowners by the website Houzz found that most homeowners planning lawn upgrades this year are thinking big. Improvements in beds and borders, upgrades to structural elements, hardy plants, and LED lighting were among the planned changes.

     
  • Rebuilding a Brick Patio

    Brick pavers installed in a mortar bed over a membrane-protected concrete slab are an attractive and durable hardscaping option for warmer climates

     
  • WAC Lighting Introduces Landscape Lighting Line

    The new collection offers lighting solutions for landscapes and hardscapes with unique features

     
  • Porous Pave Cuts Rubber Granule Size for Smoother Surface

    The porous hardscaping material lets stormwater drain through instead of puddling or running off

     
  • Patios Trump Decks in Census Bureau Statistics

    Data from the Census Bureau shows that in 2014, only 23 percent of new homes built in the US included a deck, while the majority (56 percent) of all new homes started had a patio.

     
  • Reimagining the Backyard

    Backyard Living is a virtual magazine designed to bring together content from several different Hanley Wood publications - including Professional Deck Builder - in a new and exciting way. Each brings its own unique perspective to the outdoor living market.

     
  • Updating a Formal Fence

    A decaying red-cedar fence was rebuilt using Boral TruExterior fly-ash-based trim

     
  • Silca Systems Tile Underlayment

    Self-draining structural panels are designed for tile installations in exterior environments.

     
  • Tile Decks

    Grout-free track system installs on standard deck framing

     
  • Pavers for Rooftop Decks

    Azek's composite pavers stand up to ground contact, but are light enough to use on a roof

     
  • Concrete Decks for Coastal Homes

    Elevated concrete slabs formed with the help of structural steel panels are a good choice for wet and windy marine environments

     
  • Manufactured Stone Fascia

    New styles from Ply Gem expand design possibilities

     
  • Precast Concrete Tiles Install Right on the Joists

    Integrate a tiled area into a wood or composite deck, or tile the whole deck for a low-maintenance surface

     
  • Outdoor Kitchens With a Stacked-Stone Look

    Modular masonry elements install on a poured concrete base to create fireplaces, grill islands, and more