Hand Made, Custom Colored, 3-Inch Thick, Opus Romano Pattern Concrete Paver Driveway.
Made and Installed by the Homeowner, Robert Mageau of Ontario Canada, Using
Olde World Stone Moulds from TheMoldStore.com
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Opus Romano Pattern Driveway by
Robert Mageau, Ontario, Canada
Beautiful four-size Opus Romano Pattern made with 3" thick Pavers by the homeowner, Robert Mageau.
I was originally looking to contract out my interlock paver driveway project, but after recovering from sticker shock after a few quotes I received, I figured I could save a lot of money if I did the labour myself. But even at that, the cost of the pavers was going to be between $25k to $30k - still more expensive than contracting out for an asphalt driveway.
That's when I considered making my own pavers. I scoured the internet for molds and after considerable research I decided to go with your company. You have lots of information on your website and, when I still had concerns about our harsh Canadian winter weather, your knowledge and experience resolved all of those thru our back-and-forth e-mail exchanges.
I choose the 3-inch thick molds to create an Opus Romano style pattern. I was worried my subpar manufacturing capabilities would make me use a bit too much water in the concrete mix (and thereby reduce the strength of the cured concrete), the extra thickness of those molds provided a better margin of error, or at least, provided me with some peace of mind. I ordered the different sizes of molds in numbers that would create the least waste for the volume of concrete I was producing. Then, for 6 months and usually 6 week nights a week, I poured the pavers. When I was all done, I did an inventory of the different sizes of pavers and designed my own Opus Romano pattern to use up those stocks.
Letter from the Homeowner
Just in materials, making the pavers myself saved me over $10,000. My project still went over budget and involved a bit more sweat than I had first anticipated, but I am very happy with the end result!
I finished within days before our fall freeze/thaw cycle began-- phew!
Next year's project: My backyard patio - removing the wooden deck and creating a no-maintenance all paver/brick patio.
Robert L. Mageau