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 of our weed alley turned useable path!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. DONE! Our usable path is now complete!
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!