Create the perfect place to escape to after a long hard day.

A place of peace and tranquility where you forget the cares of the day, relax and recharge the batteries. A garden that’s the perfect calming influence for busy lives. Or, equally a place where you can entertain and socialise with friends too.

With Bradstone’s help, Simply Paving can help create a place that’s as ideal for garden furniture and the barbecue as it is for plants and pots.

  • Bradstone Log Sleepers create a stunning patio area, ideal for outdoor dining.
  • Contrasts of the smooth Bradstone Scottish Cobbles against the angular StoneFlair by Bradstone Panache Paving helps soften edges and gives a polished finish to your design.
  • As with virtually all of the natural products we supply, Bradstone Natural Limestone Paving Azure can be used inside as well as out.
  • All kinds of planting can look great in your garden but grasses create instant height and are low maintenance.
  • StoneFlair by Bradstone Old Town Chelsea Cobble gives an instant organic feel to a patio area.
  • Using tall feature planting such as bay trees is great for framing your design and they create superb impact.
  • Leaving sections of your patio unpaved for planting and rockeries creates softer areas that break up large flat areas.
  • Outdoor spaces always look great when the style of furniture, features and planting complement their surroundings.

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

So, you want to create the perfect urban garden?

With the world around us moving at such a pace and city life more frenetic than ever, create a little urban sanctuary to escape to in your own garden. Don’t let limited space limit your ambitions. With thanks to Bradstone, Simply Paving can offer an array of paving solutions that can help you create a little perfect piece of paradise, your own outdoor safe haven, no matter how tight the dimensions.

With Bradstone’s help, we can help you create a tranquil and welcome sanctuary you can escape to from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Here are Bradstone’s top tips to set you on your way to the urban garden you’ve always wanted.

  • Get rid of the clutter. Clear the area completely so you can see just how much space you’ve got to work with.
  • Dedicate some time to planning. Think about the type of garden you want – and other key factors too such as the sunlight available.
  • Architectural is in. Don’t let a lack of soil hold your garden design back. Let your landscaping materials do the talking with different colours, clean lines and textures to add real visual interest.
  • Make the most of your features. Take advantage of walls by using creeping plants such as vines, trained up trellis or wire mesh.
  • No soil doesn’t have to mean no planting. Get the urban greenery you yearn for with attractive containers and pots.
  • Sometimes, simple is best. Consider one stand-out feature container or water feature to create that all-important focal point.

  • Create the mood for your outdoor living space with creative lighting.
  • Choose the right plants. Architectural plants such as pampas grass create a sense of drama and intrigue.
  • StoneFlair by Bradstone Polished Natural Sandstone is available in a long aspect size that can help to accentuate the space with clean long lines.
  • StoneFlair by Bradstone Vogue Paving makes co-ordination of accessories easy. Simply mix neutrals like warm beige and black.
  • Splashes of statement colours within your accessories add great contrast to your garden theme.
  • Cobbles, pebbles and rockery stones are just what you need to ensure the surrounding borders look cared for and are low maintenance.
  • Planters are an easy way to introduce plants. They are low maintenance and can be replanted to keep the look fresh and seasonal.
  • StoneFlair by Bradstone Ventura Paving with its unique grooved design and modern finish instantly creates a designer look and feel.

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

At Simply Paving, we believe we have an ethical responsibility to ensure that the products we supply to you are made and sourced in such a way that minimises impact on communities and the environment.

Bradstone and Charcon have been focusing their efforts on developing sustainable solutions for well over a decade.

StoneFlair by Bradstone Panache Paving is manufactured using up to 83% recycled content.

As part of Aggregate Industries, our main suppliers, Bradstone and Charcon are at the forefront of developments to increase the sustainability of domestic and commercial landscaping materials.

The journey began a decade ago, when the company took the decision to focus on and invest in developing  sustainable solutions across their comprehensive range of innovative building products.

Today, their investment is reaping rewards, with Aggregate Industries involved in a number of important and influential initiatives designed to make it easy for you, the consumer, to both recognise the most sustainable materials and identify those that have been most responsibly sourced.

The Responsible Source

Chances are, you’ve heard the mention of responsible sourcing in the news recently. In straightforward terms, responsible sourcing is all about measuring and managing the specific environmental, social and economic impacts of any products, taking into account all elements including its manufacture, delivery, use, reuse and the ability for it to be recycled.

The good news is that Aggregate Industries is the first company in the world to achieve BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing Certificate from BRE Global.

As such, you can have absolute confidence that Bradstone products have been responsibly sourced and that you’re getting the garden landscaping industry’s most sustainable and future proof solutions. You don’t just know what you’re getting – you also know where you’re getting it from.

Ethical Trading Policy

When you see the ethical trading logo, it’s your assurance that Bradstone is working harder than ever to ensure their imported natural stone products meet strict ethical criteria.

Bradstone works with global suppliers to support the principles of the UN Global Compact and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) base code. This is reflected in their policy and code of practice that aims to ensure that together with their suppliers, Aggregate Industries fulfil their obligations and responsibilities in order to maintain long-term benefits to all parties.

Examples of the criteria Bradstone insist their suppliers have to meet are:

  • Provision of a safe and healthy workplace.
  • Prohibition of child labour.
  • Paying wages which meet or exceed national legal standards.
  • Provision of employments rights.
  • Prohibition of bonded or forced labour.

Carbon Labelling

Wouldn’t it be great if you could see, at a glance, just how much carbon dioxide a product generates?

Now you can, thanks to carbon labelling, an initiative piloted by The Carbon Trust. In simple terms, the carbon footprint is the total amount of CO2 and other greenhouse gases created during the life of a product from production to use and disposal.

Working with one of the industry’s most respected governing bodies, the Building Research Establishment (BRE), Bradstone have developed a system that calculates the carbon footprint for any Bradstone landscaping product.

Carbon labelling not only indicates how much a company is committed to reducing carbon emissions, but the ‘footprint’ logo also enables consumers to make a more informed decision about the products they are buying.

Bradstone StoneMaster Block Paving is manufactured using 50% reclaimed and recycled material.

Look out for these logos in the latest Bradstone brochure but also keep an eye out for them appearing on our website in the very near future.

How’s the patio look? If you’re in the process of laying a new patio or if you’ve recently had one laid, we’re sure you’re very happy with it.

You’ve probably spent a considerable amount of time, money and effort to get it looking as good as it does… why let anything spoil it?

Produced by Signo, a leading specialist in surface protection technology, Simply Paving are pleased to offer two sealants designed to keep your patio looking like new.

Both Flexiguard and their Eco-friendly Stone and Paving Protector are water based sealants that will help protect any of our porous products.

Unsealed / Sealed

The molecules of the Signo sealants bond permanently with the grain of the stone / paving, and create an invisible barrier which prevents contaminants from getting into the surface of the product. Once applied you can’t even tell it’s there.

The surface of your paving will generally remain much cleaner than a non-treated surface, and cleaning can be carried out by a hose spray from waist height when needed.  As their sealants help prevent algae growth, you will avoid hours of cleaning stubborn and slippery moss and green growth, especially in shaded areas.

Most importantly, as both sealants are water based they are completely environmentally friendly.

After a huge number of fantastic entries, Simply Paving are absolutely delighted to announce the results of our latest competition.

The quality of the photographs we have received is incredibly high and the level of workmanship on show is superb, so much so that we simply couldn’t limit the number of prizes given to just six entrants as with previous competitions. As such we have selected one outright winner who will receive the first prize of £500 and ten runners-up who will each receive £100.

The winner taking the first prize of £500 is Mrs Linda MacLiver from Glasgow, with this stunning entry which really captures the beautiful tonal variations and elegant clean lines of the Modena Paving in Sunset Buff from StoneFlair by Bradstone.

The winning entry wonderfully demonstrates the use of different materials to create an area that is not only eye-catching, but also perfectly practical for entertaining on and making the most of those sun-baked summer days that we’re all longing for.

Our ten runners-up, each winning a prize of £100 are:

Mrs Inna John from Stevenage, Hertfordshire has created a contemporary outdoor space using Natural Granite Paving in Silver Grey from StoneFlair by Bradstone with its straight machine cut edges and textured top surface.

Mr Keith Razzell from Woking, Surrey with Yorkvale Paving in Antique Gold from Bradstone. This product with its riven surface profile and irregular fettled edges has been expertly laid using the three sized Tudor pattern.

Mr Simon Jaggard-Inglis from Claybrooke Magna, Leicestershire has used Natural Limestone Paving in Blue-Black from Bradstone with its softer hand cut edges and subtly riven surface lending an exceptional quality finish to the modern design.

Mr John Woods from Glasgow with Natural Slate Paving in Vijaya Gold from Bradstone. As you can see from the photograph, Natural Slate Paving offers outstanding natural beauty with every individual paviour unique in appearance featuring its own distinctive colours and shades.

Mr Craig Evans from Millom, Cumbria with Natural Sandstone Paving in Sunset Buff from Bradstone, using both sizes of circle and randomly laid paving. This product offers a wealth of design possibilities with its unique shape, colour and texture making it an ideal solution for either traditional or contemporary gardens.

Mr Tim Miller from London with Old Town Paving and Walling in Weathered Limestone from StoneFlair by Bradstone. This paving solution looks to the past for inspiration, replicating the look and feel of old weathered York flagstones, whilst the complimentary walling helps create an attractive boundary to the patio area.

Mr Roy Underhill from Christchurch, Dorset with Monksbridge Block Paving in Croft from Bradstone. This block paving solution is designed to give your driveway a predominantly traditional feel and rustic look, with a range of subtle hues and a weather worn appearance.

Mr Mark Hamer from Skelmersdale, Lancashire has created a sleek and sophisticated look using Panache Ground Paving in White and Black and Natural Polished Sandstone Paving in Silver Grey from StoneFlair by Bradstone.

Mr Andy Moffat from Glasgow has created a wonderfully traditional patio area with Weathered Riven Paving in Autumn Cotswold from Bradstone (sealed). This moulded paving solution provides a convincing aged and worn stone appearance, thanks to fettled style edges.

Mr Acland from Taunton, Somerset has been very inventive with the use of Driveway Block Paving in Autumn, Buff and Charcoal from Bradstone. This hard-wearing and durable paving solution offers a wealth of mix and match possibilities and is available in seven colour options.

Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who entered the competition. The entries were all of an incredibly high standard and we here at Simply Paving had a very tough time reaching our decision. You will find many of the images entered into the competition will be featured on our website and in our gallery hopefully proving to be a source of inspiration to all of our customers.

Make sure you keep an eye out for more fantastic competitions from Simply Paving over the coming months.

For the new 2012 brochure click here.

Here at Simply Paving, we know it’s not easy putting a garden design together. There’s a whole host of different considerations including the style of garden you’re looking for, the planting choices, colour schemes, textures and features. Hardly surprising that sometimes, you just don’t know where to start. That’s where the new Bradstone brochure comes in.

This year, more than ever before, Bradstone have structured their brochure to make it easier for you to create something that is beautiful, harmonious and exciting. Your own unique outdoor space, designed to provide many long years of pleasure. Looking for that something special? The stunning StoneFlair by Bradstone range of aspirational paving and accessories offers that extra touch of quality.

From stunning traditional concrete paving inspired by original reclaimed stone to contemporary paving, walling and edging to complete the look.

Simply look for the StoneFlair by Bradstone logo and you’ll be assured that you are selecting the best.

Click image to download brochure.

Create the feel

Need some help to fire your imagination – then why not take inspiration from Bradstone’s create the feel pages (pages 08, 18, 26, 40 and 52).

Bradstone’s create the feel pages will help to fire your imagination.

Whether you’re looking to create an urban sanctuary, a place for relaxation and entertainment, make the most of a small space or simply recall all the charm of yesteryear with a traditional cottage garden – we hope Bradstone’s create the feel pages will inspire you. These pages contain simple paving ideas and how to use complementary accessories to help achieve the total look.

Don’t worry, there’s plenty of advice too. As well as the create the feel ideas for paving and accessories, Bradstone have also offered some practical hints on how to approach the design and build of your garden, including ideas on landscaping solutions, colour schemes and the ideal plants to add the finishing touches. See pages 05-07.

In short, the new Bradstone brochure provides everything to help inspire you to create the perfect room outside.

To view these brochures, you’ll need Adobe Reader, which can be downloaded here. If however, you’d prefer to receive a brochure through the post, give the office a call on 0800 032 6306, drop us an email or fill out the form below.

Don’t forget, all the products featured in the brochure are also available on our website.

This time of year is always very exciting for us here in the Simply Paving office as we get our first glimpses of the new range of products for the upcoming season.

The first thing you may notice, is a change in branding of the Bradstone and StoneFlair ranges. As some of our customers may be aware, our two main suppliers, Bradstone and StoneFlair are actually sister companies and as of 2011 they will be working even more closely together. One key element of this rebranding is the introduction of  StoneFlair by Bradstone, a range under which all premium products, both manufactured and natural, will fall.

New Products – Traditional

Restoration – A brand new natural sandstone paving with a chiselled profile and craggy face to create the look and feel of a weathered patio instantly.  Available in handy 9.60m2 patio packs with three different sized pavers (800×400, 600×400 and 400×400).

Restoration Paving from StoneFlair by Bradstone brings instant maturity to your patio.

Cloisters – Manufactured using hand-picked masters reclaimed from a 300 year old wool merchants in Shepton Mallet. There is plenty of character in each profile to add a timeless style to your garden. Cloisters is manufactured using 30% recycled aggregates and is available in a blend of three distinct but complementary shades which are designed to be laid together. Cloisters is available in two patio packs, one with larger sizes up to 1000×800 to replicate traditional paving and the other incorporating a long aspect slats design for a more modern feel.

Cloisters Paving from StoneFlair by Bradstone is manufactured using moulds created from original, reclaimed stone from a 300 year old building.

Ashbourne – A  quality riven paving incorporating  fettled edges to provide a truly distinctive and attractive solution. Available in four shades (Cotswold, York Brown, York Gold and Antique Cotswold), two patio packs plus a 1.8m circle.

Ashbourne Paving from Bradstone provides an attractive and distinctive solution to your outdoor space.

New Products – Contemporary

Finesse – A visually stunning natural limestone paving with smooth sawn edges to create a modern warm feel to the garden. This paving exhibits rich veins of colour running through it, with a lightly textured surface adding plenty of character. As an added benefit, the product will be coated with a sealant to ease cleaning and enhance the natural shading. Available in mixed 10.2m2 patio packs.

Finesse Paving from StoneFlair by Bradstone adds a warm modern feel to any garden.

Vogue – A new contemporary design using two shades (Cragside and Fossil Buff) of natural stone. The stone is polished and sandblasted to give an extra quality feel with a unique design for a truly different patio. Vogue is available in 9m2 patio packs.

Vogue Paving from StoneFlair by Bradstone lends an extra air of quality and sophistication.

Ventura – A new design to give you a different look to your patio. The Silver Grey Ventura uses a 500×500 paviour with a grooved design to give an ultra modern feel to the garden.

The ultra modern Ventura Paving from StoneFlair by Bradstone.

Tuscany 3D – A brand new shaped paver added to the Tuscany range. Can be used in two completely different laying patterns for a contemporary offset patio or for the more adventurous, why not try a 3D box effect on your patio. All patterns are achieved with only one shape so this paving is incredibly easy to lay.

Panache takes style to a new level with its contemporary colours, not to mention a surface that sparkles in the sunlight.

Panache – Introducing a new range of complementary shades: cream, fudge and chocolate. As with the existing colours in the range (Black, Silver Grey and White) these can be laid together in a random or formal pattern using one or both of the available finishes (textured and ground). Panache is a contemporary paver with up to 83% recycled content and Bradstone’s surface protection.

New Products – Concrete Block Paving

StoneMaster – In addition to the already established StoneMaster range colours that replicate sawn sandstone blocks (Dark Buff Washed, Dark Buff Cast and Light Buff Washed), Bradstone have introduced three more colours to reflect the shades of natural granite.  Available in mixed size packs, the three new colours of Light Grey Washed, Mid Grey Washed and Dark Grey Washed can be blended to give your driveway or patio a very contemporary look. All six colours are finished with surface protection to ease cleaning.

Bradstone DriveFlair Block Paving has a visually stunning, high quality close textured finish.

DriveFlair – A new range of block paving with a visually stunning, high quality close textured finish and enhanced colouration. The block is produced from 50% recycled product yet still provides an ultra hard-wearing patio or driveway.  Available in five colours (Sunset, Twilight, Dusk, Flame and Sunrise).

New Products – Walling and Edging

Panache Walling – Ideal for use in modern gardens and is available in three shades (Black, Silver Grey and White). The walling is predominantly double-sided and is available in a 440x100x140 size.

In addition to the new Panache Walling, Bradstone have also introduced a Long Aspect paviour (900×150) to the Panache range which can be used as a paving, as an edging or even as coping for the new walling range.

Bradstone Panache Walling and Panache Long Aspect Paving / Coping / Edging.

Bradstone are also introducing the new Slate Edging in Grey-Green which will be especially complimentary to the Old Town range.

Bradstone Slate Edging Grey-Green.

With all these new products in addition to Bradstone’s already extensive catalogue, it certainly looks a superb 2011 lineup catering for all tastes and requirements.

Please keep an eye out for these products appearing on our website very soon. If you require any further information, just drop us an email or give us a call on 0800 032 6306.

In the final part of our Simply Do It Yourself series we highlight some important information regarding the products we supply.


It's the natural colour variations in Bradstone Natural Sandstone Fossil Buff that make it so covetable.

The colours depicted on our website are as accurate as modern technology allows. Tonal variations are evident in all manufactured and natural stone products; we therefore recommend that colours are judged from actual materials.

This is of significant importance when selecting a natural stone product which, by its very nature, will exhibit considerable deviations from slab to slab. It is important to view a range of samples to acknowledge the authentic diversity in colours, texture and markings.

Manufactured products are designed to simulate natural stone and naturally occurring aggregates are utilised, therefore variation between batches can occur. To produce an overall natural appearance when using two or more packs of product we suggest that individual products are drawn from each pack and mixed on site at the onset of the project.

Reconstructed stone products will weather in a similar way to natural stone, therefore the effect of the elements and site conditions may cause some colour change dependent on the degree of exposure.

Manufactured paving is designed to reflect the tonal variations present in natural stone.

After laying, some natural stone products may exhibit a brown colouration when oxidation of any iron content occurs.


Sealants such as Signo Flexiguard can help protect porous products against ingrained soiling from dirt, staining from oil and water based contaminants and even moss and algae growth.

Regular maintenance is required to keep the overall appearance of the product in pristine condition. We recommend thoroughly washing paved areas with warm soapy water and brushing off with a stiff broom three or four times a year.

High pressure washers are not recommended for use on wet cast manufactured paving.

Simply Paving cannot be held responsible for the possible effects or damage caused by the contamination or application of some chemically based products which come into contact with a concrete surface e.g. some weed killers and acid or alkaline based cleaners.

Common salt should not be used to de-ice wet cast paving. To prevent possible surface damage always use a proprietary brand of de-icing product expressly formulated for use on concrete.


When laying a patio or path close to a house or dwelling it is essential that the finished paving surface level is at least 150mm below damp course level and should slope away from the building. A fall of 1:60 is generally sufficient). All paved areas should be gently sloping to allow excess water to be directed away and should always be laid on well drained ground. Any base preparation should also allow for drainage. Poor drainage may result in water retention and may affect the weathering characteristics of the materials.


Please check the recommended joint widths for your chosen product. Many product dimensions allow for a 10-15mm joint width.

For best results a strong semi-dry mortar mix is recommended (with sufficient water content to bind but not so much as to stain the paving when introduced). Pointing is best completed as laying work progresses and should be carried out during dry spells of weather and sufficient pointing mortar should be mixed to be used within 30-45 minutes (less in hot weather conditions). After this time it may become too dry to bond. If spaces between paving are filled with sand, modified sand or decorative stone, moisture may be held in the joints and water may penetrate the sub-base for excessive periods of time, resulting in the possible occurrence of dark staining on the top surface or around the edges of the paving.


Manufactured products are reconstructed stone and the paving range is primarily intended for domestic landscape use. Simply Paving cannot accept any liability in respect of products being used for an inappropriate purpose.

In the unlikely event of products reaching you in less than satisfactory condition, please contact us immediately. Simply Paving cannot accept responsibility once the product has been laid.


Efflorescence emerges from pores through capillaries.

Simply Paving cannot be held responsible for this naturally occurring phenomenon, which can be characteristic in quality concrete products containing a high cement content. In their early life concrete products may exhibit an apparent loss of colour and efflorescence may appear in the form of a bloom or stain on the face of the product. This is a result of an interaction between the cement used to manufacture the paving and the natural environment

Natural stone flags can also exhibit the effects of efflorescence when laid on a mortar bed. When water is drawn up from the mortar bedding to the surface of the stone, “salts” are transported with it. Although the water will evaporate over time, the “salt” deposits will be left behind on the surface of the stone. These too will disappear over time, but can take a number of months.

Efflorescence can be a characteristic of all good quality products with a high cement content.

The effect generally disappears with the combination of the natural weathering process and the passage of time and its appearance is not detrimental to the performance of the material.

Health and Safety

Always wear suitable safety equipment when handling our products.

Many products within our range are heavy. It is recommended that items over 25kg or those that are awkward in shape should be handled by more than one person, or suitable lifting equipment is used. It is suggested that work gloves are used to prevent abrasion to hands and lime burns from wet mortar.

Eye protection (safety goggles) should also be used when cutting with either chisels or rotary disc cutters, also respiratory protection (dust mask) should be used to avoid dust inhalation with using high speed cutters.

Please Note

All dimensions quoted on our website are nominal and are subject to manufacturing tolerances and actual sizes will vary as products are designed to replicate natural stone which features riven profiles and irregular fettled edges. Our suppliers policy is one of continuous improvement, innovation and development and as such we reserve the right to change specification without notice.

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.

As we near the end of our Simply Do It Yourself series, 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.

Create stunning garden features that really add that extra something to your outdoor space.

Installing Edging

Bradstone Old Town Edging Weathered Limestone with Bradstone Decorative Aggregate Celtic Plum.

Whilst some edgings can be laid directly into the ground, to increase stability, a more permanent method of fixing is recommended.

This is achieved by digging a small foundation trench to the required length, approximately 10mm deep and 150mm wide. Lay concrete foundations using 6 parts ballast to 1 part cement (or 4 parts coarse aggregate to 2 parts building sand to 1 part cement).

Once the foundation mix has cured, bed the edging by gently tapping the top edge with a rubber mallet into a mortar bed of 4 parts building sand to 1 part cement, ensuring each unit is aligned and level. Back fill the reverse face of the edging with the same mortar mix “haunched” with a 45 degree wedge of mortar to a height that will be concealed by the finished surface.

Laying Stepping Stones

If your lawns or herbaceous beds are showing signs of wear from frequent use, Bradstone Log Stepping Stones keep grass and plants safe from damage as well as adding a striking pathway.

Evenly lay the stepping stones across the lawn or border. The recommended method for measuring the spacing of the stones is to use the length of a comfortable stride.

Using the stepping stone as a template, cut away and remove the surrounding turf and soil to a depth of approximately 75mm. Backfill to a depth of 30-35mm with a semi dry mix of 5 parts grit sand to 1 part cement. Place the stepping stone and gently tap down with a rubber mallet so that it sits just below the level of the lawn.

Using Pebbles & Gravel

Clear the required area, removing all loose material and vegetation (use weed killer if necessary on any deep rooted weeds). Lay a semi permeable membrane over the whole area, with a minimum of 50mm overlap between sheets. Lay the decorative aggregate to the required depth (50mm is sufficient for most applications but please check for any instructions specific to your product). Rake to achieve the required surface level.

Although decorative aggregates can be laid directly onto soil it is recommended to use a membrane to minimise weed growth.

It's the little details that make a big difference in the garden. Take time selecting the decorative aggregates which will add the perfect finishing touch to your design.

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.

As part of our Simply Do It Yourself series, we next look at building walls.

When building a wall, start by building up the ends of the wall over the level foundations to approximately three or four courses.

Using traditional dressing methods to reveal the natural decorative aggregate chippings, Bradstone Pitched Walling provides a more economical alternative to natural stone.

If you plan to build a retaining wall higher than 600mm or for any wall over 900mm, we recommend that you seek expert advice on its structure. As a general rule, the depth of the foundations should be between 1/4 and 1/3 of the walls height and the foundation width should be two or three times the walls width.

Remove topsoil and dig to firm ground and lay concrete foundations using 6 parts ballast to 1 part cement (or 4 parts coarse aggregate to 2 parts building sand to 1 part cement).

A building line should then be stretched from one end of the foundations to another. Build one course at a time, using a spirit level to check for accuracy, vertically, diagonally and horizontally.

Checking levels.

Using a trowel, spread mortar (4 parts building sand to 1 part cement) evenly over the foundations and then over the blocks of each course as you lay them. The mortar should slightly exude from between the joints and any surplus should be removed with the trowel. Fill vertical joints as you go by applying mortar to one end of the block before positioning it adjacent to the previously laid block.

Laying walling block.

The blocks should be laid in a stretcher bond using half blocks at the end of each alternate course. It is recommended that no more than 6 to 8 courses are built at a time, allowing for the mortar to set before beginning building again.

Using a pointing trowel, smooth and finish the mortar joints. Top the wall with a matching coping.

Walling blocks are perfect for creating many garden features including raised beds, planters and steps. If you are building a raised planter, barbecue or similar small garden feature on an existing concrete base or well laid patio, foundations may not be required.

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.


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