Add a touch of class to your landscaping with a precast paver patio.
Precast concrete pavers fall into three categories: rectangular, multiweave, and keyed. Almost all concrete pavers are cast with lugs that space them for a sand-set installation. Most manufacturers sell half pavers so you won't have to cut your own. They cost more but are worth the time saved.
Rectangular pavers install the same way bricks do. Multiweave and keyed pavers require different techniques.
Multiweave pavers have sinuous edges that fit against one another. For many patterns, they make installation easier, though the edges are hard to square with a straightedge. Any pattern that works for rectangular pavers works for multiweave pavers. The sinuous edges imply a more intricate pattern.
You can install multiweave pavers using the open-field method: Install edging on two adjacent sides and lay the pavers to either meet or go past your layout lines on the opposite sides. Snap lines on the pavers and cut them before installing edging.
At least 2 days to lay out, excavate, and lay pavers for a 10x10-foot patio
Round-nose shovel, rototiller, spade, garden rake, 2x4 lumber, small sledgehammer, power tamper, rubber mallet, brick set, soft broom, garden hose, carpenter's pencil, wet saw
Cutting stone, laying stone, laying out square lines
Pavers, bedding sand, mason's sand, gravel, landscape fabric
Cut the key of the third paver and install it. Then install the fourth cut paver and set it. What you are doing is creating a second border of cut pavers and filling in diagonally across the surface with full pavers. Continue laying cut pavers and full pavers diagonally between them, with alternating keys in opposite directions.