How to Build a Paver Path

Take stock of your project area and the paver size, type and quantities you’ll need to complete your path. The instructions here are for laying a path 20′ long and 3′ wide, but can be easily scaled up or down depending on your space. If you know the length and width of the path you’re creating, finding the square footage is a simple matter of multiplying the length by the width—in this case, 20′ long by 3′ wide, giving us a total area of 60 square feet.

To cover that space, we’ve used a total of twenty-eight 12″ x 12″ paver stones. We’ve laid the pavers in pairs of two, leaving a 6″ gap between each pair. Between the pavers and the walkway edge, that leaves a gap of 3″ on one side and 6″ on the other, which we’ve alternated for a staggered effect.


28 12-inch x 12-inch paver stones or step stones
40 bags of paver base
12 bags of paver leveling sand
10 bags of pea pebbles


Work gloves
Measuring tape
Shovel or tiller
Push broom

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