Paving over a lawn?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
I've got an area of lawn in my back garden that's around 4 by 3 meters which I'm thinking about paving over.
There are soil areas to the side of the garden I can use for planting so I won't be left with a totally slabbed over space, and the lawn is pretty patchy and currently used as a communal toilet for all the neighbouring cats, so I think I'd get a lot more use out of it if I paved it over.


Am I right in thinking I would need to remove the turf, level the soil, spread a layer of sand over and then lay the slabs on top?
Is there anything I've missed?

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  • edited 21 January 2016 at 6:11PM
    moleratmolerat Forumite
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    edited 21 January 2016 at 6:11PM
    Depends on how firm the soil is and how heavy use you want the patio to be. You may need to compact it and / or put down a sub base of agregate. http://www.pavingexpert.com/layflag1.htm
  • wrightkwrightk Forumite
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    paving expert is the bible as far as im concerned

    you will need to use a subbase/803/20mm to dust/MOT type 1 (whatever its called where you live). 100mm ideally but 75mm is adequate for light use, level and compact with a whacker plate then lay your slabs on top. I prefer the mortar method than just laying on sand although the options for laying,pointing etc are endless

    Take your time and read through the site carefully and pickup some ideas

    I did a slightly bigger patio than yours a couple of years ago using the advice on the site and there is nothing moving that patio for a long time
    Even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day, and for once I'm inclined to believe Withnail is right. We are indeed drifting into the arena of the unwell.
  • DavesnaveDavesnave Forumite
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    What he said ^
    People who don't stand for something will fall for anything.
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