Levelling out road base

From weed alley to useable path, my first new year’s resolution done!

Ok so this isn’t going to be the most exciting transformation you’ll find on the blog BUT it is the first of my new year’s resolutions DONE and I think it’s important to celebrate achievements no matter how small they may seem. Plus Arnie features in some of the pics and he’s just adorable.

When we were building, we had the option to concrete down the side of our house but with a considerable amount of concrete already poured into our backyard, I didn’t want the outside to feel like a concrete jungle… I had plans for a softer solution like pavers and pebbles, what I didn’t realise is that it would take over 18 months to do, ha ha!

Oh well, it’s done now and in the spirit of keeping you up to date with my goals for the year, here is the before and after.

Step 1: Clearing path

This pic was actually taken after most of the weeds were removed! As a temporary solution, we had rough gravel down the side of the house but without plastic underneath, knee-high weeds started to come through.

Weed alley
Weed alley

Step 2: Applying a generous amount of road base

To create a nice even ground level, we (OK, hubby) put down a generous amount of road base and used a rake to spread it down the path. Then he checked it was level. I suggest having a depth of at least 3-5 cm of road base to prevent tiles or pavers from moving.

Applying road base
Applying road base
Road base
Levelling out road base

Step 3: Putting down plastic

The last thing we wanted was for the weed alley to return so we put down a large sheet of plastic that you can easily cut to size with scissors. Oh, I should also mention we sprayed the path with weed killer before we put down the road base.

Putting down plastic
Putting down plastic

Step 4: Placing tiles

I originally wanted the largest size pavers possible but when I discovered large outdoor tiles at Tile Republic with a finish like bluestone, I decided on these instead. These tiles are pretty massive at 60cm by 60cm and have more depth to make them suitable for outdoor use.

We measured we could fit 10 tiles down the path with a gap of 15cm between each. As we placed the tiles, we checked they were level.

Placing tiles and checking with level
Placing tiles and checking with level

Step 5: Putting in the pebbles and finishing touches

To finish the space, we put large white quartz pebbles between the tiles and compacted these down by stomping on them. I strung up 3 sets of solar outdoor lights from Kmart and placed a pot plant by the path. DONE!

Completed path
Completed path, YAY!
Arnie loves his new path
Arnie loves his new path
Arnie on path
Even if he slobbers all over it!
Night view of path
At night, the solar lights come on

Have you made a start on any of your new year’s resolutions? Next up I’m going to tackle our outdoor dining area that you’ve been helping me with!

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9 Comments

  1. So much better. Well done.

  2. Nice! I LOVE bluestone. Arnie looks pretty happy with himself. Does he photo bomb heaps of your pics? Our cats seem to get in nearly all of my progress snaps hehe.

    • He he, Arnie is the worst photobomber!! I did try to usher him out of the photos but he wasn’t having a bar of it, lol!

  3. You say it’s a boring project but I think it looks great! I LOVE the pics of Arnie, he’s adorable!!

    • Gina Ciancio

      Thanks lovely 🙂 It’s nice to be able to walk along our house with being attacked by weeds, lol. I’ll be working on our outdoor dining space this weekend, eeek can’t wait to share that space on the blog soon! xx

  4. Great transformation, I think I might use this combination of outdoor tiles and pebbles out the front of our new place!

    • Gina Ciancio

      Great idea Sarah, it’s an achievable job to do in one weekend and makes such a difference 🙂

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