Pick the Right Pavers
The great thing about pavers is that they come in many shapes, colors and styles: traditional brick, cobblestone, square. But no matter what type you pick, they all have a similarity. The nubs, for instance, are very important. When you put them together, those nubs keep them far enough apart that the sand or stone dust will get in there, penetrate the crack and lock the whole walkway in place. To figure out how many pavers you need for your walkway poses another math problem: Take the length of the entire walkway and multiply that by the width to equal your square footage. This can be a little tricky because not all walkways are squares or rectangles. For example, suppose you have an L-shaped walkway that's kind of thin in some places and really fat in others. Obviously you don’t know where to measure. Well, here’s the trick: you just square everything off and figure the width times length of each part. You add up those two figures of square footage to get the total square feet. Go to the home center, pick out the brick you’d like to use, and they’ll tell you how many bricks you’ll need for the job.