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.
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.
Pavers flow from a set of stairs to the patio of a home in the southeast U.S. The materials manufactured by Georgia Masonry Supply include a tumbled paver called Country Manor and Mega Arbel pavers with a natural flagstone appearance.
The versatility of pavers can enable homeowners to create a circular design around a fire pit, or other shapes, such as a square space, for entertaining day or night. These pavers are made of recycled granite.
This idyllic backyard hideaway in Brooklyn by Statile & Todd combines nature and contemporary design in a patio that utilizes rectilinear stone (Mica Schist pavers) and an infill of barn red dust with a stabilizing agent.
Coral paving winds around to a privacy courtyard planted with soft tipped aloe and 'fireball' bromeliads, creating a tropical, yet drought-tolerant secret garden. The low-maintenance design is by Nievera Williams Design of Palm Beach, Fla.
Monolithic ledge stone panels are set into the stone dust, as part of an award-winning residential landscape design project in Vermont by H. Keith Wagner Partnership. The walkway's arc lends privacy to the main house and a guest house on the estate.