Browsing Archive: November, 2017

How to Calculate Step Sizes

Posted by Stephane Poirier on Monday, November 27, 2017, In : Hardscaping 
It’s important that your steps have the correct ratio of tread to rise going up and down safely and easily. Generally a good rule of thumb is, the smaller the rise, the greater allowable tread. You should choose what’s comfortable for you but outdoor steps should have a rise of 5 1/2 to 7 1/2 inches and a tread of 11 to 18 inches. A good standard step is typically referred to as 7 - 11, most importantly you want to have all the steps consistent.
Below is an easy formula to find the best co...
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How Much Does Hardscaping Cost?

Posted by Stephane Poirier on Thursday, November 23, 2017, In : Interlock Ottawa 
This is a question we get asked a lot. No two projects are the same for various reasons like project type, site conditions, soil conditions, excavation depth, access, dumping requirements, paver choice and patterns.

You can roughly estimate your cost by using this formula for basic installation of interlocking stone

25% Paver Cost
75% Installation cost


A good rule of thumb is to spend 10% of your home’s value on your yard. You might not be able to include every feature you want but this range d...


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