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Side yard paving and bike shelter

weekenddiyer
Junior Contributor
weekenddiyer
weekenddiyer
Junior Contributor

Building a bike shelter and laying pavers created a more functional and attractive area in this side access project.

 

 

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The project

 

The path down the side of our house needed some sprucing up.  We wanted to add a storage shelter for our bikes so we could have easier access to them rather than storing them in the garden shed where they were never used. 

 

I also wanted to allow space for the rubbish and recycling bins to try and keep them out of sight from the windows down the side of the house.

 

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We went with a charcoal paver from Bunnings, 600 x 300 x 40mm in size. If I had my time again, I would have spaced them out a little further to create a larger step between pavers.  I used treated Pine sleepers topped with a length of Merbau to tie into the decking we have in the backyard.

 

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The pavers were laid directly onto the soil beneath as it was pretty solid. All the top soil was removed by machine when my builder levelled the yard, so it was down to clay.

 

I used a sand and cement mix and then placed the pavers on top of that and that holds them in place. The timber you can see in the photo was just two off cuts I used as spacers when laying the pavers for an even gap. Saved me measuring them each time. 

 

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The bike shed has clear polycarbonate roofing behind the lattice to create shelter from the rain, along with a corrugated perspex roof. I hung the kids' bikes from a rail I strung between two rear posts to create better access using a bike hook.

 

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I didn’t keep track of the budget, but it would have been about $1000–1500. The pavers were the most expensive at $400, but I could have done with less. The pebbles were around $200 from memory. I had to get top soil for the garden at probably the same cost. The bike shed materials were around $200. Pine sleepers wouldn’t have been more than $100. It’s a 25m stretch of garden space, so anything that length will always add up.

 

Before and after

 

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How to lay pavers

 

Workshop member weekenddiyer found this video helpful when laying pavers for this side yard. Learn how to lay pavers in an even, straight line with this step-by-step guide: How To Lay Pavers.

 

 

More side yard projects

 

Updating the side of the house was a labour of love for community member Chaks_DIY who installed new planter boxes with seating, paving, edging, new planting and garden lighting.

 

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Workshop member Yorky88 used new paving and river pebbles in this side access project

 

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Bunnings Workshop community manager Jason removed ugly cracked concrete and replaced it with a path featuring bluestone rounds, railway sleepers and a garden bed.

 

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Find more ideas in our Top 10 most popular outdoor projects.

Comments
melloR
Budding Browser

@weekenddiyer this is fantastic makeover of your side yard. Well done! You have put a great looking pebble between pavers. Can you kindly  advise the size of the pebble used and if you bought this from Bunnings or any other place ?

MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @melloR. It's wonderful you've decided to join us and many thanks for your question on what pebbles were used.

 

Hopefully, @weekenddiyer can get back to us with the exact product they've used. Depending on the quantity needed, we have ANL 1T 20mm Western White Loose Pebble - Bulk Bag and ANL 1T 20mm Gold NSW Western Pebble - Bulk Bag available, which looks quite similar.

 

Do you have your own side access refresh in the works? If so, we'd love to follow along and encourage you to start a discussion about it. I'm sure there will be plenty of keen members who would be interested in seeing what you do.

 

Mitchell

 

weekenddiyer
Junior Contributor

Thanks @melloR. If I was doing the project again I'd space out the pavers further, I tend to walk on every second one.

The Pebbles were from a local landscape supplier. From memory they were WHITE RIVER PEBBLES 20MM which can be seen here: https://newportpremix.com.au/decorative-rocks-pebbles/

I did check out the ones at Bunnings which would have done the job.  But just due to the quantity I needed, rather than buy them by the bag I just got a bunch delivered by truck and the guys delivered it to my driveway.  Pretty sure Bunnings offers the same service mind you.  I just didn't want all those plastic bags :smile:

Good luck with your project.

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