How We Work
On this page, we will give a quick overview of we how go about laying driveways, patios, paths and building walls. This includes how we prepare, materials we use and how we finish our driveways and other works.
We dig out drives and remove all spoils either by our pickup, skips or a grabwagon. If an existing
drive has been in place then we remove that and usually the subbase underneath is usable. We will level
it out to suit our needs and top it up with fresh type 1 dolomite.
If the ground is of soil or lawn we will dig down 12" (300mm) deep, usually by then hitting more solid ground or clay. Of the 12", 8" (200mm) of that is replaced with type 1 dolomite, whacked down 3-4 times with a heavy duty whacker, the remaining 4" is split with sharp sand whacked once and the blockpaving whacked 4-5 times with a good coating of dry kiln sand to vibrate between the blocks and to help water over the top to where we direct it.
Paths & Patios
As above but only excated to 6-8" depending on the ground. The same ratio of dolomite, sand and blocks to fill. Sometimes if flags are required opposed to blocks they may go on a wet mix of yellow sand and cement then jointed with either wet mortar, brushed in with yellow sand and cement and dampened or a product called Geofix.
We build walls on a very good foundation, the depth of the foundation depending on the height of the walls. Walls to retain, steps, pillars for gateways or whole new walls, we always try to get a suitable brick for the job, for your requirements and in many cases a close match to existing bricks.