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Paver Patio Designs

Paver Patio Designs

Paver Patio Basics A typical patio installation has several layers: A 6-inch layer of gravel paver base A 1-inch layer of sand Pavers Polymeric / jointing sand in the joints between the pavers Good to KnowAn alternative to the gravel base is interlocking paver base panels. They’re lightweight, require less digging, and the pavers sit right on top. See How to Design and Build a Paver Walkway to learn how to use paver base panels.
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Paver Patio Designs

1. Low Cost, Easy Maintenance A patio can be created with many materials, but it’s hard to beat one made from pavers for ease of installation and low maintenance. The initial cost may be higher than other options, but you’ll save in the long run by not having to stain or seal it continuously. Plus, repairs are easier, one paver at a time. 2. Dig Deep For Best Results Before you prep your patio area, call your local utilities or 811 to have any plumbing, cable or electrical lines marked. Then dig down below the root level of vegetation in the area, a good six inches or so. For dry soil, try watering the area the night before you plan to dig to dampen and soften the area for easier digging. 3. Keep It Weed Free Use landscaping cloth to create a barrier between the old soil and the new base of sand you’ll be using. This will minimize the efforts of weeds and other unwanted vegetation to encroach upon your patio from underneath. Calculate the square footage of your patio space by multiplying the length by the width and add 10 percent. 4. Create the Base Pack in the paver base and/or sand using a wacker plate compactor or tamper. You need a solid, level and smooth base upon which to lay pavers. Remember to repack each subsequent layer of material. 5. Plan For Drainage While it’s important to have a level patio, you need to make sure it does slope away from your home’s foundation and toward an area that can either handle additional moisture or is an existing drainage area. Plan for a quarter inch drop in elevation for every two feet of distance. 6. Keep A Tight Edge To help minimize the effect of movement of your pavers, be sure to plan for a good solid edge by using additional pavers, a solid cement lip, or metal or vinyl edging. In addition to stability, this will also help minimize creeping weeds. 7. Make Color Variations Work For You You’ll run into slight color variations in your pavers, just like you would with different lots of wood flooring or tile. Blend varying piles of stones or bricks together to create a natural look, so you’ll avoid a patchwork appearance. 8. Make Cuts For A Perfect Fit If you create any sort of pattern with your pavers, you’ll need to cut some of the stones or bricks at some point. You can use a cold chisel to do this, or you can save your hands and rent a wet saw from your local home center. 9. Pack In The Cracks Set your pavers in place by applying a layer of sand over and between them until the cracks are completely full. This will help keep them set in place, minimize weeds and allow for drainage. 10. Keep Pavers On Hand Keep a few extra stones or bricks on hand to make repairs easier (you never know when your particular paver may be discontinued). Broken pavers can be removed by prying them out with a couple of screwdrivers or a thin pry bar. If the paver needs to be cut to fit, be sure to cut it slightly smaller than the length of the opening to allow for sand to be repacked around it.
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Paver Patio Designs

Swipe to view slides Never Dull Precast concrete pavers have without question the largest range of shapes and sizes available in a single material. The lovely curved steps are enhanced by a series of bands in the paving that accentuate the geometry of the space. These large light tone pavers are further emphasized by a pair of dark bands of brick like pavers set on edge that may disguise slot inlets to an underground trench drain. Fields beyond are composed of four different pavers, square and rectangular, buff tones and steel gray which stand out in striking contrast against the rigid step masonry. While so much variety in a limited space may seem overdone in concept, here in practice we learn that it is clearly not so. Browse more pictures of paver patios Wheelchair Smooth This patio, clearly designed to be viewed from above is an exceptional example of modern subliminal design through the use of paving stone. The uniformity of manufactured precast pavers provides a very solid surface for the wheelchair bound resident because there are no mortar joints that can make traveling a jarring experience. Tightly set clean edges allow the beauty of individual units to appear separate for variation on the ground plain. The ability to blend the large gray square units in the main field with earth tone directional variation though to the cantilevered deck beyond provides a sense of division without barriers. Dry Green The arid climate and limited water supply of the far west drove development of truly believable artificial turf. Nowhere is the value of this innovation more appreciated than the ability to utilize contrasting bands within fields of simple square precast concrete pavers. Pavers more easily cut than stone make this diagonal application a fine opportunity to bring in artificial turf in a dynamic way, particularly at a site too shaded to allow real grass to grow. Perhaps more important is summer heats paving to such a high temperatures that virtually no living plant is able to survive, yet this artificial turf lends a beautiful lush look amidst the rustic Southwest feel of tumbled pavers. Minimal Color In the Rocky Mountains, the color palettes of paving are usually sedate earth tones that coordinate better with the drought resistant planting that’s typical in this region. This designer choose a simple three block pattern in a neutral warm gray with bands of dark brown accents to suggest in a subliminal way how furniture is used within the space. In a project with this much hardscape, it’s very easy to over-do it with masonry block color to potentially overwhelm the character of the space. Arcadia Design Group, Centennial, CO Contrasting Colors The rich green countryside of New York and its regional architecture provides opportunities for more powerful color in paving without the risk of a garish appearance. Here the blend of large warm tone pavers is set in a semi-herringbone pattern, one of the most traditional choices. It’s made far more upscale by the maroon bands and pale green-gray accent that provides the same effect as an area rug indoors. This application uses color to define outdoor spaces just as we do interiors, with the color choice repeating on the wall and pilasters. Lehigh Lawn & Landscaping Poughkeepsie, NY Multicolor Patterns The most recent innovation in paver technology is the development of multicolored patterns that provide a great deal of variation in the surface. The importation of brighter natural stone units from Asia is also driving paver manufacturers to keep up color wise. Be careful when working with bold paver coloring as some believe this latest trend may ultimately date a project more than any other paver design choice.
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Paver Patio Designs

Never Dull Precast concrete pavers have without question the largest range of shapes and sizes available in a single material. The lovely curved steps are enhanced by a series of bands in the paving that accentuate the geometry of the space. These large light tone pavers are further emphasized by a pair of dark bands of brick like pavers set on edge that may disguise slot inlets to an underground trench drain. Fields beyond are composed of four different pavers, square and rectangular, buff tones and steel gray which stand out in striking contrast against the rigid step masonry. While so much variety in a limited space may seem overdone in concept, here in practice we learn that it is clearly not so. Browse more pictures of paver patios Wheelchair Smooth This patio, clearly designed to be viewed from above is an exceptional example of modern subliminal design through the use of paving stone. The uniformity of manufactured precast pavers provides a very solid surface for the wheelchair bound resident because there are no mortar joints that can make traveling a jarring experience. Tightly set clean edges allow the beauty of individual units to appear separate for variation on the ground plain. The ability to blend the large gray square units in the main field with earth tone directional variation though to the cantilevered deck beyond provides a sense of division without barriers. Dry Green The arid climate and limited water supply of the far west drove development of truly believable artificial turf. Nowhere is the value of this innovation more appreciated than the ability to utilize contrasting bands within fields of simple square precast concrete pavers. Pavers more easily cut than stone make this diagonal application a fine opportunity to bring in artificial turf in a dynamic way, particularly at a site too shaded to allow real grass to grow. Perhaps more important is summer heats paving to such a high temperatures that virtually no living plant is able to survive, yet this artificial turf lends a beautiful lush look amidst the rustic Southwest feel of tumbled pavers. Minimal Color In the Rocky Mountains, the color palettes of paving are usually sedate earth tones that coordinate better with the drought resistant planting that’s typical in this region. This designer choose a simple three block pattern in a neutral warm gray with bands of dark brown accents to suggest in a subliminal way how furniture is used within the space. In a project with this much hardscape, it’s very easy to over-do it with masonry block color to potentially overwhelm the character of the space. Arcadia Design Group, Centennial, CO Contrasting Colors The rich green countryside of New York and its regional architecture provides opportunities for more powerful color in paving without the risk of a garish appearance. Here the blend of large warm tone pavers is set in a semi-herringbone pattern, one of the most traditional choices. It’s made far more upscale by the maroon bands and pale green-gray accent that provides the same effect as an area rug indoors. This application uses color to define outdoor spaces just as we do interiors, with the color choice repeating on the wall and pilasters. Lehigh Lawn & Landscaping Poughkeepsie, NY Multicolor Patterns The most recent innovation in paver technology is the development of multicolored patterns that provide a great deal of variation in the surface. The importation of brighter natural stone units from Asia is also driving paver manufacturers to keep up color wise. Be careful when working with bold paver coloring as some believe this latest trend may ultimately date a project more than any other paver design choice.

Paver Patio Designs

Paver Patio Designs
Paver Patio Designs
Paver Patio Designs

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