mortared brick patio
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Interlocking Pavers

Concrete pavers come in a variety of shapes, including tile-like octagons and boxy rectangles, like these, that mimic cobblestones. Pavers lie on a permeable base of crushed stone and sand, with sand between the joints. These gaps are tight enough to prevent narrow feet on patio furniture from getting stuck. Built-in edge spacers make it easy to fit pavers together like puzzle pieces, but their installation does require the use of a vibrating plate compactor, a beefy machine that DIYers can rent at home centers. On this pergola-shaded patio, a tumbled finish softens the manufactured look of the pavers. Get more tips on installing and caring for concrete pavers at

Similar to shown: Roman Dominion, $4.19 per square foot;
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