This patio was constructed by Unilock Authorized Contractor, Turf Master Landscape Design in Livingston, NJ. The outdoor living area features a cozy central fire pit and sleek outdoor kitchen. Turf Master Landscape Design made a point of echoing the color palette and aesthetic theme of the home in the hardscape.
The primary paver comprising this patio is the Richcliff paver from Unilock in a blend of Dawn Mist and Smoke Shale shades. When working with grey pavers, utilizing more than one shade can help to prevent a monotonous surface and help maintain depth and energy in the design. This paved surface bears subtle highlights and shadows due to the blend of the two similar shades.
A Basalt Copthorne border hugs the shapely edges of this chic patio, clearly defining the space where hardscape and softscape intersect. The borders of this hardscape help to create a tidy appearance and give the outdoor rooms a sense of purpose. Clean borders tie in with the sharp edges and clean lines that feature in the verticals of this hardscape design.
The grill island and various surfaces that make up this outdoor kitchen have been constructed using Lineo Dimensional Stone in the Limestone shade, with Midnight Charcoal banding. These wall units are excellent candidates for geometric designs that need to be perfectly regular with clean lines and sharp edges. A subtle ledge encloses the outdoor kitchen, serving as a footrest for those relaxing in bar stools and chatting to the cook or watching food being prepared.
The base for these walls would have been prepared when the area was prepared for paving. The first course, the top of which is approximately level with the topsoil, is important for the integrity of the finished structure. It is also recommended to begin laying the first course at the corners, or next to fixed structures with which the finished wall will make contact. It is also crucial that the first course is completely level and straight. Small amounts of coarse sand can be used to alter the level of each individual paver slightly.
After sweeping the top of the first course to ensure that there is no loose debris, the next course is placed in a running bond pattern as seen here. Note how the middle of each unit is approximately above the joint between the two adjacent pavers below it. This locks the pavers in place to ensure stability.
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