Driveways, Paths and Patios - A Complete Guide to Design Management and Construction

Tony McCormack
Driveways, paths and patios are an essential part of most properties and this comprehensive book provides a detailed explanation of exactly how they are designed, planned and constructed.

Discusses the design of driveways, paths and patios with reference to their planned use, style, size, gradients and special features such as steps, ramps and terraces. Considers the range of materials available including block paving, flags, slabs, setts, cubes, cobbles, loose aggregates, plain & patterned concrete and tarmac. Analyses how to estimate costs and making the choice between the DIY approach and using a professional contractor. Examines the critical issue of drainage. Lays bare the mathematics associated with accurate setting-out and levelling. Describes the range of tools and equipment needed. Details the correct constructions of kerbs and edging and laying methods for flags, block paving and much more.
Driveways, Paths and Patios - A Complete Guide to Design Management and Construction by Tony McCormack
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About the author

Prior to being disabled, Tony McCormack was the senior contracts manager and proprietor of A.J. McCormack & Son, a contracting company specializing in all forms of paving and groundwork. He was the hard-landscaping expert for the Expertgardener website hosted by Alan Titchmarsh for Ground Force TV series. He is the webmaster of, the world's most popular paving and hard-landscaping website.