How to Build a Paver Path
Time Required: Under 2 hours
The instructions here are for laying a path 20 feet long and 3 feet wide, but can be easily scaled up or down depending on your space. If you know the length and width of the path you’re creating, finding the square footage is a simple matter of multiplying the length by the width—in this case, 20 feet long by 3 feet wide, giving us a total area of 60 square feet.
To cover that space, we’ve used a total of twenty-eight 12-inch x 12-inch paver stones. We’ve laid the pavers in pairs of two, leaving a 6- inch gap between each pair. Between the pavers and the walkway edge, that leaves a gap of 3 inches on one side and 6 inches on the other, which we’ve alternated for a staggered effect.
Before laying the pavers, prepare the area by plotting out the path and clearing away any grass to a depth of around 4 to 6 inches. Use stakes and string to mark out the course and finished elevation of the path. Then use a shovel or tiller to clear the area.
Fill in the path with paver base at a depth of about 4 inches. About 40 bags of paver base were required to cover the 60 square feet at this site.
With the paver base in place, use a tamper to level out and settle the base. For larger areas, you may want to consider a powered tamper.
After finishing off the paver base, apply a layer of leveling sand to a depth of about 1 inch. Twelve bags of leveling sand were needed for this path. Just as before, tamp the leveling sand into place.
You can fill the space between the pavers with a material of your choice. Pea pebbles work great and can create some interesting contrast depending on the color of your pavers. Mulches help paths blend in with surrounding plant beds and vegetation. Using additional bags of sand between pavers is also an option, though it typically works best with pavers that have closer spacing.