Add ambiance and warmth to your outdoor space with stunning patio designs using pavers and natural stone. Using nature in design is popular, and creating a relaxing, stylish outdoor living space greatly increases the value plus the appeal of your home. An outside patio or outdoor space provides an oasis for friends and family to enjoy the great outdoors.
One of the most popular outdoor spaces you can create is a paver patio that can transform a mundane and boring outdoor space into a relaxing outdoor room. You can also use mixed materials in your patio design to create an outdoor space that is versatile and beautiful.
To create a patio, consider these elements:
- Space. The available space you have in your back yard will determine your patio’s size.
- Shapes. Squares, rectangles, ovals, or mixtures are also design considerations that you will need to determine to create your patio.
- Levels. Multidimensional surfaces work well if you have a sloped or uneven yard.
- Surface. Choose the right surface to enhance your landscape, and make sure the materials you use in your outdoor space are durable and strong. Consider what the patio will be used for and who will use it when you are deciding on materials. Flat, smooth, even surfaces are best for dining areas, but rough cobblestones and bumpy aggregate concrete pavers could be awesome if you are creating a natural area.
- Drainage. You will need to work with existing runoff systems or build a run-off system to keep water from ruining your patio.
- Grading. Grading is a determination that deals with soil redistribution to design a flat and even patio base.
- Privacy screening. Do you want walls, retaining walls or enclosures to turn your patio into an outdoor room?
Patios can take on any shape and be built with various materials like concrete, pavers, stone, tile, brick, Belgrade stone, tile, or gravel. Most patios are set on a concrete slab or a sand and pebble base to hold the base.
You can divide the space or add other outdoor spaces altering the direction of pavers, bricks, or by mixing wood and stone. Try building a patio by using a fountain or a fire pit as the focal point. Place stones to spread out in an interesting pattern from the edge of the fire pit or the fountain. The base could be pea gravel, which is a popular loose material. Larger flagstone pavers can be spaced around the patio to designate pathways or formed close together to develop a seating area. Remember there is no set in stone rule about using only one paving material in the design.
Try using gravel or pebbles to create a quick and easy patio or outdoor area in any part of your yard. Gravel is easier and more forging than concrete or even a brick and sand patio. Use round aggregate pavers in assorted sizes to add interest and places to set your patio furniture.
Another gorgeous way to design a patio or outdoor space is to use flagstone pavers and frame it in with a border of colorful river or any other type of rock. Smooth rocks used for mosaic artwork are laid flat and create a rich and textured look. An unusual way to make a patio, but the flagstone pavers and mosaic rocks will create a patio to talk about for years.
You can use a concrete base in your patio design. Concrete is the most traditional choice for patios. Concrete is smooth, clean and can be cast and formed into different shapes. You don’t have to be stuck with the classic light gray color since concrete can be tinted to just about any other color.
Pavers are usually concrete and come in a variety of shapes, colors, sizes, and textures. Pavers can be placed on top of a bed packed with sand. If you don’t want weeds or volunteer plants growing between the pavers, you can butt up the pavers against each other for a smooth and unbroken surface. If you want to use spaces between your pavers to add interest to your patio, you can fill the spaces with tight, low-growing ground cover, or pebbles.
The current trend of designing a seamless transition from indoor to outdoors is an appearance that always looks great. The design makes great sense if you have a one-story house. You can butt your patio up to the French doors or sliding glass doors in your yard with little effort. A smooth level transition usually uses concrete, but you can also use concrete pavers to achieve a smooth modification.
There are stone options for your patio that include flagstone, cobblestone, veneer stone, cut stone, or Belgrade. There are so many different ways to design a patio that fits your lifestyle. Start by contacting Affordable Lawn Care and Landscape LLC for expert concept, design, and building your patio. Designers will sit down with you and help you discover a whole new world of patio design.