An excellent way to create a sturdy, level underfoot surface in courtyards, patios or porches is with brick pavers. This classic look mixes perfectly with all different styles of architecture and decor. To install pavers, the exterior area must first be leveled and then a thin layer of sand is laid before the bricks are put in place. Once all bricks are set, another layer of sand is poured on top to fill the gaps and keep the bricks from shifting.
The plants in this home's outdoor area are sparse, but very intentional. Sculptural succulents and grasses stand out against gray gravel and the building's white stone exterior. Strips of green grass turn pavers into a geometric statement.
Around areas such as a fire pit, pavers are more solid and safer to walk on than gravel. Officials with Southview Design, based in Minnesota, also note that in colder climates, pavers are less likely to crack, although it can be more challenging to clear snow and ice.
Pavers in a quatrefoil design, repeated from this home’s Tudor-style architecture, is a focal point of the motor court. Reclaimed street pavers are used for the front drive, as well as, the back patio. The scale of the motor court was defined and softened with boxwood hedging and large lindens spaded in. The home in Glencoe, Ill., was an Association of Professional Landscape Designers 2015 Landscape Design Award winner.
That mixture of Territorial, Spanish, and contemporary styles continues into the backyard, where a stone deck looks out onto the horizon. After a leisurely afternoon of sunbathing, the owners and their friends can cross the pavers towards the pool for a refreshing swim.