For driveways and walkways, nothing matches the rugged handsomeness of paving stones
Set in a bed of sand, pavers can move as the ground freezes and thaws. The only maintenance
required is to occasionally replenish the joints.
Like a granite countertop, a granite pathway—or one made of bluestone, marble, or weathered brick—lends a house, new or old, a distinct air of sophistication. Even concrete, that most utilitarian of materials, takes on a look of Old World elegance when formed into rustic interlocking paving stones.
Sure, individual pavers are more expensive than asphalt or poured concrete, but for as little as $3 a square foot, they're an affordable way to boost curb appeal. Use a lot to blanket a driveway or patio, or smaller quantities as accent strips or borders. Properly installed in a bed of compacted sand, pavers make a long-lasting, low—maintenance surface that no amount of traffic can budge.
Has the look of wirecut clay brick. 6 by 6 by 2¾ in.; $4 per sq. ft.;
Handsplit edges lend a rustic appearance. 8 by 4
by 4 in.; $15 per sq. ft.;
For stair treads, pool coping, and capstones. 12 by 6 by
2 3/8 in.; $2.49 each;
Meant to evoke old European cobblestones. 6 by 6 by 3 in.; $3.15 per sq. ft.;
Spaces between pavers
allow for maximum drainage.
9 by 4¼ by 3 1/8 in.; $2.50 per sq. ft.;
Large pavers are better suited for patios and walks than
for driveways, where they can crack more easily than smaller stones. 12 by 9 by
2 3/8 in.; $3.95 per sq. ft.;
BENGAL BLACK GRANITE
Granite is tough, about three times the strength of concrete. 12 by 12 by 2 in.; $20 per sq. ft.;
Pennsylvania stone, tumbled for a soft look.
11 by 5 by 5 in.; $6 each;
Despite the name, these hunks of granite are quarried in India. 9 by 5 by 5 in.; $3.50 each; harwoodlandscaping.com
Unlike much salvaged wall brick, this one is hardfired and strong enough for a driveway. 7 by 3½ by 2¼ in.; 30 cents each;
The look of granite, at roughly half the cost.
12 by 6 by 2¾ in.;
$5 per sq. ft.; unilock.com
Good for patios, walkways, and outdoor kitchens. 4 by 4 by 1 in.; $8 per sq. ft.; harwoodlandscaping.com
DISTRESSED CONCRETE COBBLESTONE
The surface has been chipped and nicked for that weatheredinplace look. 6 by 6 by 2 3/8 in.; $3.95 per sq. ft;
ANTIQUE CHESTNUT GRANITE
Reclaimed from China's Qingdao region. $24 per sq. ft.;
Concrete and Brick Paving Stones
Rated for about 15,000 pounds per square inch, almost double that of standard concrete. 7 7/8 by 2½ by 2 3/8 in.; $6.50 per sq. ft.; unilock.com
Not strong enough to drive on, but ideal for decorative landscape use. 8 by 3 5/8 by 2¼ in.; 38 cents each;
Fivepiece unit fits together for a diamond pattern. 17 by 17 by 2 in.; $7 per unit;
New paver brick molded and fired by hand, the oldfashioned way. 8 by 4 by 2¼ in.; $1.50 each; handmadebrick.com