Block Paving Patterns

Paving Adelaide -Block paver installation comes in various patterns that create stunning finishes, from herringbone to stretcher bond laying patterns.

Herringbone patterns offer the strongest interlock and are best suited to driveways. Stretcher bonds work better in patio settings as they may shift out of alignment under heavy loads.
90-Degree Herringbone

Herringbone paver creates a timeless aesthetic in any outdoor space, adding depth and dimension. It can be laid either with 45 or 90 degree angles and complements rectangular pavers perfectly.

A 90-degree herringbone pattern makes for easier installation if your driveway features an existing brick edging course; cutting of blocks at edges becomes significantly reduced or eliminated altogether.

Spread a layer of builder’s sand over the hardcore using a rake, and level it out before beginning to lay your bricks or blocks in your chosen herringbone pattern. When your paving is complete, sweep away any debris before applying jointing sand to each joint using a brush – then allow this layer of jointing sand to dry before sweeping again.
45-Degree Herringbone

Herringbone block paving patterns create an interlocking style that draws visitors as they walk down your driveway or pathway, drawing attention as they go by. Furthermore, these designs look stunning alongside brick homes bringing out their best features simultaneously.

Herringbone patterns can be laid at either a 45 or 90-degree angle. A 45-degree herringbone will create diagonal patterns with V shapes while its 90-degree counterpart provides more straight appearance.

Herringbone paving patterns can be challenging to execute correctly. Each block must be cut at its edge and carefully aligned on a taut string line for accuracy before being compacted into place with sand and compactor.

If you’re searching for a block paving contractor, ask to see examples of their different patterns they have used before. This will give an indication of their experience as well as any options they can provide to make your driveway or patio stand out from others.
Basket Weave

The Basket Weave pattern resembles herringbone but offers more structure. It makes an appealing option for patio areas and entertainment spaces with light to moderate traffic, especially homes featuring multiple brick colors as it showcases their colors more effectively. This paving pattern also highlights your hardscape material.

Start laying the Basket Weave paver pattern by starting with two adjacent pavers that are facing in one direction, before positioning two more of them but in an opposite manner to form an eight-paver sequence that looks similar to what’s shown below.

At 45 degrees, you can rotate a Basket Weave pattern 45 degrees to produce a 3:3 variation that follows its original sequence but requires different paver sizes as it’s made up of pavers that are three times longer than they are wide. Or use 1:3 herringbone patterns instead to achieve similar effects.
Stack Bond

The Stack Bond or Jack-on-Jack block paving pattern is one of the more minimalistic choices available, featuring bricks arranged in straight rows to create a clean geometric appearance. This type of paving is more often employed for wall construction as the mortared bricks don’t shift over time as opposed to outdoor paving where any movement in their placement could distort its neat lines and become dilapidated over time.

A stack or stretcher bond does not interlock like herringbone patterns do, meaning it could dislodge from its intended alignment without proper restraints in place. These types of pavers should only be used in low traffic situations to allow grass to grow between each paver for a more natural appearance.

Stack bonds are great solutions for novice DIYers as they can be installed quickly with minimal cutting required. Although suitable for use with any size paving stone, stack bonds work particularly well when used with large format pavers.