family paver landscaping project

Paver landscaping is a labor of love for Luke DiVenti

Paver landscaping is a great way to beautify your property. It’s also a fun way to expand outdoor living space. And, sometimes it can solve common yard care problems.

Luke DiVenti of Greensboro has been a regular at our annual Paver Days events. It’s where he gets great deals on discounted pavers for an ongoing backyard landscaping project. One of the great things about clay pavers is that they store so well. You can wait months or years to install them. And with a project of the scope that DiVenti has taken on, that’s a good thing.

Luke DiVenti selecting his pavers

Luke DiVenti selecting English Edge pavers at the Pine Hall Brick plant in Madison, NC. (All photos here courtesy Luke DiVenti.)

Three years ago he completed a paver walkway connecting the driveway with the backyard deck and grilling area. Since then, he’s marked out a bigger project: creating a winding walkway down a hill to a circular patio, complete with a fire pit in the center.

There’s no hurry. That’s a good thing, because DiVenti’s job as a project manager for an outdoor equipment company comes with a 90-minute commute each way. He finds the paver landscaping project relaxing.

In addition to beautifying the back yard, the paver pathway has solved a common problem: drainage. Rainwater from the home’s downspouts would flood the lawn next to the house, leaving puddles that turned to mud. DiVenti’s choice of English Edge couldn’t have been better. Because they’re made with spacer nibs that make installation easier by creating a wider gap between pavers. With this feature, rainwater easily flowed into the gravel bed installed under the pathway, so no more puddles.

planning a paver landscape project

Luke DiVenti used spray paint to map out his paver installation, showing a circular patio with a centered fire pit.

By attending Paver Days installation seminars, DiVenti got plenty of tips for planning and execution of the project. And then he improvised, opting to rent a trencher to do the heavy digging (it’s recommended to dig six to eight inches down to accommodate underlayment and pavers). DiVenti also decided to switch to finely crushed gravel instead of sand for the underlayment closest to the pavers.

rent a compactor for paver landscaping

Luke DiVenti works for a power equipment company, so he didn’t mess around when it came to renting the best tools for the job. Like this compactor used to smooth the underlayment.

 

father-and-daughter paver landscaping project

DiVenti spent some quality time with his daughter when she visited from California.

 

winding paver pathway

DiVenti tackled a challenging pathway design calling for lots of intricate cuts. We’ll cover this in the next post!

DiVenti’s given himself a challenging project, but he’s having a good time doing it, as he takes his time and uses all the proper equipment and materials. In addition to the trencher, he also rented a compactor to prepare the base and a wet saw to make all the intricate cuts (we’ll cover that in a follow-up story).

And don’t worry about the stockpiled clay pavers. They’ll last for centuries.

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