crazy paving path

wishful(Qld Australia)May 31, 2005

I want a crazy paving path for my main path to the front door. I've been doing the rounds of gardening centres and tile places and have the following problems

a) I can't afford anything they've got!!

b) they really don't have much on offer - I don't want black slate, and I don't want pale cream/concrete coloured sandstone. I want a stone/rock that varies in colour from cream through to dark brown, with lots of variation in between. And I want RANDOM size/shape pavers - not rectangles! This was pretty common 20 years ago - why can't I find it now?

Has any one got any ideas where I can source something like this CHEAPLY in Brisbane?

I managed to get about 3 cubic metres of crushed granite for free, so I have a base about 10cm deep. One day soon I'll hire the whacker packer!! I know that I should probably set the pavers in a bed of concrete, but I don't have the money, and it's not something I feel I can do on my own. So my plan is to just lay the pavers on the deco, and put a sand or sand/concrete mixture between them.

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Sparaxis(Vic Aust)

What about pressed, coloured concrete? It can look very nice and is relatively cheap. You can have whatever shape you like if they have the moulds.
Slate for paving costs the earth these days, and sandstone is generally too soft. If there are no quarries in your area, then much of the cost is in freight. We have incorporated stone into our brick paving, and had the sandstone cappings for the wall brought out from india. The cost of labour for the hand hewn edging was something like $1 per hour in India, compared with $60 per hour in Australia. We have waited 12 weeks for it to be delivered.
The stone cost was $60 per square metre - even 30cm thick, plus cutting costs - cut to our specifications, plus delivery.
Our stone came from the following link. I thought it would be mostly local stone, but they import a lot from india. The problem these days is the cost has risen to meet the demand for stone for walls, houses, paving etc. It used to be cheap but everyone wants it now.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pyrenees Quarry

    Bookmark   May 31, 2005 at 7:52PM
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lomatia(Vic Aust)

I went to the tip and grabbed a lot of paving that had been lifted from the footpath and broke it up into smaller bits to created a crazy path. Actually just bedded them in sand and cemented the bits together. Looks OK though.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2005 at 5:00AM
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wishful(Qld Australia)

thanks sparaxis and lomatia for the ideas.

I'll do some more investigation and see if I can find a local stone place similar to the one you mentioned. and I'll also start haunting the tip.

does anyone know if an outdoors slate path would need to be sealed, or otherwise protected from the weather?

    Bookmark   June 2, 2005 at 10:41AM
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Sparaxis(Vic Aust)

Pyrenees Quarry said plenty of people seal them the first year, and never bother after that. Our stone looks quite OK unsealed, so we aren't going to seal it. I guess it really depends how much wear it is getting.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2005 at 3:21AM
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wishful(Qld Australia)

it would be exposed to the weather, and even though it is a 'front' path, it wouldn't actually get much foot traffic - most people just use the back door!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2005 at 6:05AM
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ree_ree(nth qld)

Hi Wishful, if you feel like a nice drive go up to Noela's Wedding Gardens at Beerburrum. Noela's got a fantastic crazy path made from old concrete with mini mondo in between.
The concrete came from a shopping centre reno, she just asked the people lifting it if she could have it.
The gardens are on 8 acres and well worth a look.
cheers ree

    Bookmark   June 11, 2005 at 9:57PM
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I second (or is it third) the idea of the broken concrete. I have seen it too and it looks fabulous. I am not really a lover of concrete, but somehow when it is broken up like that (especially with the greenery in between) it takes on a totally different look!

    Bookmark   June 13, 2005 at 2:17AM
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wishful(Qld Australia)

thanks for the idea - I wouldn't normally go to Beerburrum just to look at a path, but I might put the kids in the car and go for a drive one day in the holidays

    Bookmark   June 20, 2005 at 8:10AM
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lomatia(Vic Aust)

Before and after my short 'concrete path' to the tap. The edges have been softened and hidden by small perennials.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 6:50AM
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