Guides

No matter how turbulent the economy may be, there is one area where we all strive for improvement and that's our homes.

However, the cost of hiring somebody to do the work for you may make you think twice. When you think that up to 80% of the cost of installing a new patio or driveway is accounted for by hiring a contractor, you can understand why an ever-increasing number of people are looking to do the work themselves.

We've put together some detailed guides to help you to 'simply do it yourself'.

If you require any help, please give the Simply Paving office a call on 0800 032 6306 and we will try to assist you in all aspects of your landscaping project.

Planning Your Project
The first step in any patio or driveway project should involve the planning of the proposed area. Our guide takes you through what to consider, what product to use and how it will be laid.
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Preparing the Area to be Paved
This guide looks at how you should go about preparing the area you are planning to pave.
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Laying Flag Paving
Traditionally used for gardens and patios, this guides shows you how to lay flag paving stones.
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Laying Block Paving
Block paving is traditionally used for driveways. This guide shows you how to lay block paving.
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Permeable Solutions for Driveways
From 1 October 2008 new rules and regulations were introduced for householders wanting to hard landscape their front gardens. This guide gives an overview on the regulations.
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Laying Bradstone Infilta Permeable Block Paving
This guide discusses how Concrete Block Permeable Paving (CBPP) differs from conventional block paving because it allows rainwater to filter through gaps between the blocks into a stone sub-base below.
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Laying Carpet Stones and Setts
In this guide we look at laying carpet stones and setts. Carpet Stones are a unique paving solution that makes laying a pathway or patio much easier than you might imagine.
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Building Walls
As part of our Simply Do It Yourself series, we look at building walls in this guide.
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Finishing Touches
We look at those little touches that not only keep your garden looking attractive, neat and well cared for but also add that extra bit of flair and pizzazz.
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General Information and After Care
In this article we highlight some important information regarding the products we supply.
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