Updated August 2022
Epic Stoneworks breaks down several patio paver designs to revitalize your property:
- Get best practices to make the most of your patio and investment.
- Learn how to mix and match paver patterns.
- Understand precautions to bring out the best in your new patio space.
If you want to upgrade the look and feel of your Cutler Bay home’s exterior, focusing on a simple change may get you where you want to go. Epic Stoneworks specializes in quality patio pavers in various styles to meet all our customers’ needs. To help you find the right paver design that’s ideal for you and your aesthetic, let’s dive into multiple ideas to see if any strike your fancy.
If your Miami property sits on a hill or incline, lean into the natural shape with stone pavers that gracefully wind down the hill to your patio in a series of stairs. The gentle curve adds visual interest, and you can border the stairs with stones of a complementary color, which adds a simple and effective touch.
With this paver idea, include a retaining wall with your design. That way, you can effectively contain the soil behind the wall and protect your property. Behind the wall, you can plant your favorite shrubs, bushes, trees, or other plants. Don’t be afraid to mix and match materials with the sloping stairway paver design.
Do you enjoy balance and order in your home designs? If so, consider a grid pattern for your pavers. Even though all the pavers don’t perfectly line up with each other for this paver idea, the pattern gives your patio a subtle sense of movement. Of course, not everyone considers grid patterns the most exciting design idea, but you may prefer simplicity and grace for your property.
For specific paving stone materials for the grid, consider oolite stone or Napa Valley flagstone. Surrounding your grid patio with a lush garden makes the space feel like a true oasis in your backyard, ideal for entertaining, relaxing, or time with family.
Perhaps you have a hard time choosing between Carolina flagstone, ivory travertine pavers, Coralina pavers, and crab orchard flagstone. Don’t be afraid to mix and match paver materials in your patio design. If you like the sound of this idea, focus on choosing colors that complement each other rather than fight against each other.
Blending materials could suit you well if you desire a patio space mainly for entertaining or cooking. Imagine a seating area covered by tiles, a patio walkway wrought from pavers, and stone slab stairs. You could weave touches of concrete there and here throughout the entire design.
Once you know the materials you’d like to use for your patio, work with an experienced landscape architect to make the most of your ideas and enjoy the most favorable results. Another reason to consult with a professional is in case you need approval from the city or town. If you’re a landscape architect or designer yourself and want to help a client pull this look together, find out what permits and permissions you need before breaking ground on the project.
Rather than buy extra seating for your new patio, you can incorporate it into your design. Stone pavers work great for built-in seating, and you can use the same pavers you use for the patio. That said, feel free to select a different style that suits your tastes and budget. Besides seating, think about sculpting a fire pit with pavers.
We want to throw out one tip with incorporated seating and a fire pit to consider mixing styles and patterns. For instance, you can use an offset-boxed basket weave pattern for the patio, a running-bond pattern for the fire pit, and a stacked style for the seating and any walls you may include in the design.
Between the Pavers
Don’t be afraid to include and embrace space between your pavers. Rather than have all your pavers touch, leave space for tufts of grass to spill through. This adds a brilliant contrast and lends a natural look and feel to your patio layout. Besides grass, other materials such as small pebbles look great in the joints between pavers. You may even like the notion of filling joints between large pavers with smaller pavers.
As you explore filling options, think about how much space to infuse between pavers. Of course, the choice is entirely up to you, but landscape professionals could offer insight if you have difficulty deciding.
You may have a modest budget but want to enjoy major results from your patio paver project. If so, you have plenty of possibilities with simple brick patterns. The key to maximizing inexpensive pavers is getting creative with the layout. For instance, combine a pencil-line inlay border with a herringbone pattern for the main patio.
Rather than a small budget, you may have a small backyard. But, again, thinking outside the box is key to achieving significant results. Along with paving your patio, consider including a small firepit made of brick and an intimate seating area created of the same material.
No matter which layout, material, or pattern you choose for your patio, there are a few considerations to remember. Before starting the project, contact your local utilities provider in Cutler Bay and ask for someone to come by and mark your property’s cable, electrical, and plumbing lines.
To make excavating your yard easier, work with a landscape architect or designer to determine if you should water your soil before digging. Also, ask the landscape professional about steps to take to keep weeds and other bothersome vegetation from growing underneath your patio. A material such as weed cloth works as a great barrier.
You must account for drainage in your patio design. You don’t want to risk water infiltrating your home’s foundation, which can cause many unnecessary complications. Your patio should slope away from your foundation to a current drainage area or a spot that can handle the extra moisture.
Because your pavers may move over time, we recommend adding a solid edge to your design. Keep everything locked together with a solid cement lip, extra pavers, or vinyl or metal edging. Besides bracing your pavers in place, the right edge also discourages weed growth.
When deciding how many pavers you need, include a few extras with your order in case you need to make repairs later. For example, you may step out onto your patio one day to discover a broken paver. If you do, you can use a thin pry bar or screwdrivers to remove it and fill in the space with an extra paver.
Contact Us Today
We’re eager to work with Miami homeowners, landscape designers, and landscape architects to choose quality patio pavers. Don’t hesitate to call an Epic Stoneworks representative. Questions? Call 305-493-8562. You can also Contact Us if you wish.
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