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6 Common Paver Installation Mistakes

The famed American basketball coach, John Wooden, once said, “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” The truth is, most people jump into paver installation without knowing what they’re getting into—then they make mistakes or take shortcuts that cost them a lot of time. . . Read More


What Is Leiden?

Welcome to Leiden: a beautiful city in the Netherlands that birthed the De Stijl (pronounced DUH-STYLE) modern art movement, which placed a high value on geometric patterns. It was this city—and the art movement behind it—that inspired our newest paving stone collection: Leiden. De Stijl distilled design to the bare bones of form and color,. . . Read More


How to Place a Paver

If you’re starting (or have already started) a paving stone project, you might be wondering if you can just throw your paving stones on your base or, if there’s a particular way you need to place them. Thankfully, placing a paver isn’t rocket science. However, it’s not common sense either.  There is a correct way. . . Read More


How to Square a Corner Using the 3-4-5 Method

Today we’re going to show you how to square a corner using the 3-4-5 method (also known as the Pythagorean Theorem). Knowing how to square a corner using this method is useful in many construction applications, but specifically for laying paving stones.  If you’re reading this article, you’re likely laying a square paver patio, driveway,. . . Read More


How to Lay a Perfect Paver Pattern [Video]

There are dozens of paver pattern options to choose from. However, depending on your hardscape project, some may be a better fit than others. So how do you choose? In this article, we’re going to answer that question and teach you about eight common paver patterns. By the end, you should have a good understanding. . . Read More


How to Miter a Corner

Have you found it challenging to get your corners to look clean and professional? Or, maybe you’re starting a paver project, and you want to get your corners right the first time. In this DIY with WI tutorial, we’re going to show you how to miter a corner the right way.  The easiest way to. . . Read More


How to Correctly Open & Save a Caulk Tube

Imagine you have a tube of caulking. You only need to use a little bit but you don’t know how to save the rest of the tube from drying out. Many hardscape DIYers have come across this issue. In this DIY with WI tutorial, we will show you our four-step system to saving that tube. . . Read More


What Is Hardscape?

The two main elements that make up an outdoor living space are hardscape and softscape. Hardscape is the hard, non-living objects in your yard, such as concrete, pavers, and stone.  If you’re reading this, it’s likely because you’re considering installing or repairing hardscape on your property. We wrote this article to help you understand more. . . Read More


What Are Non-Stock Pavers?

Every paving stone is unique. If you came to Rickreall, OR, and looked through pallets of pavers in our yard, you wouldn’t find two that look exactly the same. In part, that’s what makes Western Interlock paving stones different from many mass-produced pavers you’ll find at Home Depot or Lowe’s.  Not only are our pavers. . . Read More