When planning a new outdoor living space, there are a lot of decisions to be made. And because the process can be overwhelming for many homeowners, the small design details can often get lost in the shuffle. Working with qualified professionals (such as a Unilock Authorized Contractor in your Waterbury, CT area) and learning about the details that make outdoor projects special are great ways to ensure your project is a huge success.
Paver patterns are one of these details. The way the stone is installed for a patio can hugely impact the overall style and feel of a finished space. Depending on the material being used, there are usually a few different options provided by the manufacturer for laying out the concrete paver or natural stone. In considering which one is right for your project, it’s helpful to take a look at a couple of things. Related: How to Choose a Laying Pattern.
THE SIZE OF THE SPACE AND PATIO
It is very important to consider the overall size of the hardscape area when deciding on a paver pattern. For instance, for areas such as small seating area patios or standard width paver walkways, selecting a pattern comprised of small pavers allows the pattern to come together nicely. If the pavers are large format with multiple sizes in the product collection, the eye will struggle to really understand the pattern and the design value will be diminished.
On the other end of the size scale, larger patios and front entrances work really well for large scale pavers with multiple sizes. For a large pool patio for example, consider using something like Unilock’s Umbriano paver which has multiple sizes including a 24”x24” square.
ADD BORDERS AND ACCENTS
After selecting the main paver material and laying pattern for your hardscape—referred to as the “field”—it’s time to consider the style details. Adding “borders,” or accents of different pavers, adds huge POP to the overall project design. Consider introducing complementary colors for the border area, working to pull in things like accent color of a house or nearby structures. Contrasting textures work really well too! Think tile in a kitchen or bathroom—there are endless possibilities for borders and inlays using the Unilock Select line. Copthorne and Courtstone make amazing borders for patios, walkways, and driveways and these choices work well in the Waterbury, CT area.
TOOLS TO HELP WITH PAVER PATTERNS
Unilock has created an awesome way for homeowners to visualize the many different combinations possible when working with paver patterns. Uvision is a ‘drag and drop’ style online tool, which comes loaded with high-resolution images and textures of our pavers. Try for yourself by visiting this link and let your imagination run wild!