Handy Paving Tips for your next Home and Landscape Design Project

Perhaps you’ve decided that you will start on your next home and landscape design project and need to research ideas to choose some suitable paving materials. Here are some  handy brick paving terms to become familiar with for your next home and landscape design project:

Wall Cladding

Exterior wall cladding helps to provide protection from the weather, and also improves the appearance of a building structure. Popular materials to use for wall cladding include natural limestone, stone, granite, and concrete.

Bullnose Pavers

Bullnose pavers have rounded edges on their exposed sides, and are especially useful for stair treads and swimming pool coping to provide a smooth rounded finish, so that there are no dangerous sharp edges.

Wall Coping and Pier Caps

Copings are the topping that sit on a wall, while pier caps are the topping that sit on a pillar. Their main function is to prevent rainwater from running down the brickwork face, preventing future problems with damp and vegetation growth. Of course, they can also look good too!

Border Inlays

For large paving areas, the colour contrast of border inlays can smarten up the look of a driveway, outdoor area or swimming pool surrounds.


Edgings help to delineate the area between different surfaces such as grassed areas, and a garden bed.

Natural Stone Paving

Natural stone paving are pavers cut in complete form from natural stone sources such as sandstone, slate, granite, and limestone. A range of high quality natural stone paving options in Perth are available from Eco Stone ,Bonita stone and Remastone Some of the natural stone is sourced from quarries in Western Australian Europe.

Exposed Aggregate Concrete

Concrete is made up of a number of materials, such as sand, natural gravel and crushed stone. Exposed aggregate concrete derives its name from the fact that the rock or other materials in the concrete are exposed to view, giving a pebbly type of surface that is both decorative and non-slip. It is a tough material that can be used for many different landscaped areas including swimming pools, driveways, backyards, alfresco areas, patios and any large outdoor areas.

The textured surfaces and colours of exposed aggregate concrete provide a nice contrasting material against other surfaces, and depending on the choice of your paving supplier, many products are unique to Western Australia.

Contact Gio Group in Perth for a free no obligation quote, and talk to us about using natural stone for your next home and landscape design project.

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  1. Very informative. Natural stones are great materials for pavers and one needs to know where to get the best quality at reasonable prices.

  2. Wow, I didn’t know that there was so much to paving. At first I was super excited to try paving my backyard, but now I think maybe a professional should do it. I don’t want to mess up and then cause hundreds of dollars in damage! A professional will make sure that the job is done right, and I won’t have to worry about screwing up.

  3. The natural stone look is something I really like with my yard. I’ve always been into the natural organic my my limited space and I think that these kinds of paver stone will work best. I’ll need to talk to a contractor and see what they think and what the most cost effective option is. Thanks for this awesome information on paver stones!

  4. I thought that the section in this post about natural stone paving was really informative. I’ve always liked the way it looked, so this will be good to know if I decide to install it on my property. It’s interesting that natural stone paving is usually cut in complete form from natural stone sources like sandstone, slate, granite, and limestone. Knowing that will help me know what kind of materials I would want to use for my pavers.

  5. Thank you for the help. My wife and I are hoping to work on our landscaping a lot this summer and would like to add a paved patio. I had not heard of bullnose pavers, but I think that would help for the stairs that we want to add. Does it create a smooth finish on the edges?

  6. I find it really interesting that, “Concrete is made up of a number of materials, such as sand, natural gravel and crushed stone.” I think I like the sound of aggregate concrete for our driveway. My grandparents had a driveway like that when I was growing up. Who would have thought there would be so many options for a driveway! Thank you for your article, it was helpful.

  7. It is interesting for me to learn a little bit about paving tips. We are thinking of paving a walkway and would like to learn more about how to do it. This article shows me what I need to do in order to pave the walk way.

  8. My wife and I have been outside working in the yard ever since the weather got warmer. We’re trying to create a better landscape around our house, so I really appreciated this post. I liked the idea of using natural stone paving and exposed aggregate concrete. Thanks for sharing this.

  9. Thanks for explaining that it can be useful to be familiar with some paving terms as you figure out that you want your landscape to look like. I would think that it is importance to understand what things like edgings and border inlays can do for your yard. It seems like it can also make it easier for you to understand and communicate with a contractor.

  10. I really like the tip to give natural stone paving. You talk about how these are usually cut from sandstone, slate or granite and limestone, which would give it a very classic look. Personally, though, I want all of my hardscaping to blend in with the greenery and shrubbery. So, having pavers that look natural and are made from very natural products would help me to accomplish this objective! Thanks for sharing!

  11. This is some really good information about different ways to do the paving on your driveway. It does seem like a smart idea to look at all of your different options. I like the idea of having natural stone because it seems like it would require less maintenance.

  12. I would have never considered the different options for concrete, especially using exposed aggregate concrete like you mentioned. The fact that it’s a tough material means that it would be worth using, where I live we put a lot of wear and tear on our grounds. How does it handle weather changes?

  13. I’ve been trying to figure out how I’m going to manage my paving project. I didn’t even think about the edging! I’ll make sure I do that to set the path apart from the grass. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Thanks for telling me what exposed aggregate concrete means. I’ve been looking through a lot of resources for landscaping and I had no idea what that kind of concrete was. Incidentally, I really like the look of exposed aggregate concrete and I’ll probably be using plenty of it in my landscaping.

  15. We are updating our backyard and part of the project is putting in a new patio. I really like the idea of using exposed aggregate concrete. I like that it is a non-slip surface. That will be nice with all the kids we have running around. Does it require any special sealant or maintenance to help it last a long time? Thanks for all this information!

  16. I appreciate this article that defines several important paving terms. My husband and I will be starting a paving project in our backyard soon. It’s good to be aware of the terms, materials and techniques used in the paver installation process. I am especially interested in including border inlays in our upcoming project. Thanks for your expertise on the subject!

  17. I’ve been trying to decide what I should do to get my pavement done for my patio. I didn’t know that you could hire professionals to handle that! I’ll make sure I do that, since I don’t really trust myself to do it on my own. Thanks for sharing!

  18. I love the idea of a border inlay around a driveway. It’s a really great way to make a statement when people first pull up to your house. It might be cool to match the border inlay with any pathways or garden edging that are also in the front yard.

  19. Concrete driveway is very important and it give a new look to every home or yard, all this knowledge about it I got after reading your article. Thanks for publishing it.

  20. My wife and I are thinking about getting a newly paved driveway and have been looking for tips on how to make it. I never thought of using contrasting colors on the inlays to make things more interesting. We might have to look at different colors and options before we commit though. Thanks for sharing!

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