As the desire for outdoor living spaces becomes more popular, the creative options for the foundation of the space, the pavers, has multiplied. Homeowners are saying goodbye to the concrete square patios and choosing beautifully designed pavers. Patio pavers add sophistication, curb appeal and come in a plethora of patterns, colors, and textures.
“More people are choosing pavers for their hardscape because of the ease of making changes, repairs, or additions. This is impossible with concrete,” explains Jeff, the Landscape Manager at Rock Solid.
Do you have plans to upgrade your outdoor space this year? After spending extended time at home this past year, more and more homeowners are extending their home to the outdoors, whether that’s an outdoor kitchen, bar, or fireplace. The space is being used for entertaining, cooking, or even a place to escape the home office.
Tips for Choosing the Right Pavers
Set the “mood and feel” for your space by choosing the right paving material and design.
Large scale pavers are taking the outdoor space by storm. They offer a contemporary, clean design that instantly gives your backyard an elegant and timeless look. Large pavers are often chosen in a monochromatic color scheme that doesn’t overwhelm the space and will accent your other exterior features.
Wet Cast Pavers
Wet cast pavers have a higher water content and have a longer curing process than dry cast pavers. They have bolder color tones and smoother and more intricate surfaces. They also better resemble natural stone than dry cast pavers.
Another up-and-coming trend is to use pavers with a wood grain that mimics hardwood flooring.
Extending the indoor to outside is even more evident in the popular texture and look of large-scale pavers — the porcelain-looking paver. This appeal of a porcelain paver is that it creates a modern, contemporary finish without looking busy. Another up-and-coming trend is to use pavers with a wood grain that mimics hardwood flooring.
Simple clean lines allow for an uncluttered mood in the back yard and allow the focus to shift to the unique furniture, stylish kitchen, or comfy firepit. Another timeless design pattern is the herringbone. It adds intrigue without overwhelming. Another trend is to color block and frame different spaces such as underneath the dining table.
Not exactly a paver design, but an important feature to consider when creating your ideal outdoor living space. Lighting that is inlaid within your hardscape adds warmth and style. It also adds a layer of safety, lighting up your paths so guest can find their way. Overall, outdoor lighting adds charm and functionality to your backyard.
Tips for Designing Your Outdoors Space
Location is top priority when considering your paver choice. It will also depend on the amount of sunlight and shade in the area. Select lighter colored pavers in high sun areas to reduce heat transfer. Texture matters too. Choose a slip-resistant surface using textured, shot blasted, or tumbled pave stone are ideal for bare foot space next to pools, whereas a smooth surface for sliding chairs is needed in dining areas.
When envisioning your updated backyard, ask yourself, “how do I plan to use the space, what size of table is needed for my family, do I need storage, a fire table, or a fire pit?” Then start mapping out the space.
However, our number one tip is to choose color and textures that compliments your exterior finishes. The right paving will enhance the aesthetic appeal of your property.
If you’d like to create an outdoor space you love, one of Rock Solid’s design experts can help you find the perfect patio pavers.