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Hi, Mark.  First let me thank you for your time and expertise in advance.

My old walkway is made up solely of Symmetry Pavers that I describe as looking like the outline of the State of California.  I wish to reuse these pavers rather than toss them.  As my "new" walkway will be wider, I do not have enough Symmetry pavers to complete the job, it is my intention to use a combination of the Symmetry pavers and some square pavers.  I believe my Symmetry pavers were made up to around 1996 by Willamette Graystone but are no longer available unless I find a source for used ones.  Any thoughts for a possible source around Bend, OR? Habitat for Humanity, etc. has not worked for me. If I do not locate any used ones which so far has been the case, I want to change my current pattern (Diamond Run)to perhaps Grand Parquet or Embassy Row by including some square pavers of similar thickness (2&3/8") so as to increase my overall coverage.  

Dimensions of my Symmetry Pavers are as follows, starting at the the top corner and moving clockwise around the paver:
3" SE, 6.25" S, 3" SE, 3" SW, 6.25" NW, 6.25" N, and lastly 3" NE back to the point of origin.  My last question is what should be the actual(not nominal) size of the square pavers be to fit nicely with my current Symmetry pavers and how much leeway do I have in in making this decision, given the dimensions shown above?

Thank you again for your assistance.
John

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Hello:

I do not know of any source for symetry pavers in Oregon but EP Henry,based in New Jersey,makes a paver trademarked symetry. Perhaps you could have them shipped to you.

The actual size for 6 by 6 pavers are 5 and 7/8,2 and 3/8 thick. With this paver you will have a 1/8 tolerance.

The actual size for the 45 degree interlocking symetry pavers manufactured by EP Henry are 2 and 15/16 wide,6 and 1/8 long. With this paver you will have a 1/16 tolerance.


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Design of landscape structures and design of planting arrangements in the landscape. I usually do not answer questions of a horticultural nature or about growing plants or gardening unless they are related to design. I will answer these questions at my discretion. I will answer maintenance questions at my discretion,usually when they are related to design. I am a landscape designer. I am not a contractor or a gardener. Although I will describe how something is built I do not provide detailed installation or construction instructions. Here are example categories of problems I can help you with: Design of residential walks,low walls,low retaining walls,fences,drainage systems,arbors,plant selection,xeriscapes (low water use landscapes),rain garden design,rain water harvesting,permeable paving,sustainable drainage. No advise on an architectural or engineering level. I DO NOT PERFORM ACTUAL DESIGN WORK THROUGH THIS SITE. I only provide suggestions and advice. For more comprehensive help check out my website at: http://www.prestoexperts.com/expert/markland

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Landscape concept plan for a 30,000 square feet housing site. Involved site recon by pace measurements and photographs and a site analysis and a site analysis report and recommendations and a preliminary cost estimate. Design elements included canopy trees,shrub cover,accent flowers,trash receptacles,benches and planters. Landscape concept plan for a 7,000 square feet site for a community center. Involved site recon by tape measurements and photographs,a site analysis and the creation of 3 conceptual designs for the site. Work was done through a local professional design center. Design elements included tree garden,playground,sitting area,lawn,cooking area,lighting and concrete and brick paving. Landscape concept plan for a 3,000 square feet housing site. Involved site recon by tape measurements and photographs and a site analysis. Concluded in 3 concept designs for the site,shown at a formal presentation,a site analysis and recommendations. Work was done through a community volunteer program. Design elements included decks,a playground and fencing. Briefly as draftsman for landscape designer/gardener. Conceptual landscape design for residence. Involved site recon by tape and pace measurements and site analysis. Design included covered patio area,ground cover and flower beds. Two years experience as draftsman for transportation department in engineering firm and for engineering consultants to phone company. Duties consisted of plotting topography. Survey crew member. General assistant to surveyor. Work was done for U.S. Army and County Highway Department. No instrument work. Duties included tape measurement,holding graduated survey rod and plumb bob for sighting and clearing brush. Marketed Landscape Design Services. Brochure writing,promotional material and marketing graphics.

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From Civil Engineer: I am very impressed with your work and with the obvious thought you have put into the marketing of your venture. It was especially good to see a print of that job we discussed on the phone. I wish you much luck with the venture as I do with your plans for school. Im darn proud of you buddy. And by the way,when I get my license,maybe you will consider me for a consulting job down the road. I hope to get together with Rick sometime soon and I would really like to show him your stuff if its ok with you. From all these questions you ask I get the feeling that you are genuinely interested and have put alot of thought into the idea and process of landscape architecture and if you could possibly afford the cost I would urge you to take some classes in the areas you are most interested in. The subject is not so simple as it appears,mixing science and engineering with art and a certain amount of religion to create a comfortable and pleasing balance between man and nature. A thoughtful soul like yours can do this but it can be a lifes work getting it right.

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