How to lay block paving: A step-by-step guide with pictures

Curved block paving driveway leasing to gate
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Why learn how to lay block paving? Because it can transform a driveway or path into a good-looking, long-lasting feature that will improve the kerb appeal of your house and add value to your home.

Block paving is one driveway idea to get a strong, durable finish that won’t fall apart in a few years. But you will need to get your preparation right. No-one wants to see weeds creeping up through the gaps, or loose bricks becoming a trip hazard.

Here you'll find expert advice from builder Chris Longhurst, how to prepare for block paving, how to lay block paving and how much you should expect to pay to do it yourself and call in a professional.  

How to lay block paving: Before you start 

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Chris Longhurst

Chris is a full-time Staffordshire builder who has more than 40 years of experience in the construction industry. He has his own YouTube, Instagram and TikTok channels with nearly 50K subscriber that provide how-to videos to aid builders and DIYers undertaking building tasks around the home.

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.