What is a Paver Patio?
A paver patio is a low cost and low maintenance alternative to pouring concrete for a patio floor. Concrete patios can crack and split over time, as well as have poor water drainage. Instead of concrete, paver patios utilize paving stones made from either concrete, brick, or natural stone. The area is is marked and dug down to a desired depth, then a base of sand is spread and compacted. Paving stones are laid on the base and the gaps between the pavers are filled with sand or a mix of sand and concrete. This creates an attractive and functional floor that has texture and personality. The stones can shift and settle over time instead of cracking like concrete. The gaps and stones allow water drainage as well as create a slip resistant surface, perfect for a poolside patio.
This paver patio incorporates natural stone as a material. (Celestine 3 pc. Bistro Set)
Grass grows within the sand filled gaps, creating a charming look. (5 Piece Case Cafe Bar Set)
The Benefits of a Paver Patio
Paver patios have a long life because they are made from highly durable materials. They are low maintenance and fast to repair. Installation requires effort but the process is simple to understand and the results are well worth the it. So even first timers can tackle a paver project, as long as they are willing to put in the hard work. A patio brings friends and family together, allowing homeowners to fully utilize their outdoor spaces. It helps define an outdoor space as an area for gathering and socializing, creating a proper space for arranging outdoor furniture such as lounge chairs or dining sets. Various types of outdoor features can be added to the design of a paver patio, such as a firepit, outdoor kitchen, bar, barbecue pit, or even a full sized fireplace. Paver patios allow for personal and creative expression because designs can use a variety of shapes, materials, techniques, patterns, and colors. They can be designed in either classical or modern styles.
How Paver Patios are Designed
The shape of paver patios fall under two categories, square (rectangular), or rounded. Rounded paver patios require individual pavers to be cut into shape in order to fill in the edges, while square ones can be formed without requiring any cutting. Cutting edge pieces is a hard, time consuming task that requires the use of stone cutting equipment. It also helps to have someone helping during this process because it requires a lot of effort, having to measure, test, and adjust pieces repeatedly. Therefore, don’t consider tackling a rounded patio if this process seems out of your comfort zone.
The types of features a homeowner wants to incorporate into the patio design plays heavily on the layout of a paver patio. The layout of a paver patio depends heavily on the types of features and intended purpose of the space. Perhaps there is a firepit in the center or a kitchen to the side with a dining area. How a homeowner plans to use their outdoor space also plays an important role. Some people just want a simple space where they can place their lounge chairs and relax under the sun on warm summer days.
Paver Patio With Fountain
The attention to detail in this remodel is made more impressive when considering the sheer size. This large paver patio design uses various features including outdoor lighting, steps for the sliding door, cement wall, and even a water fountain. Reddit user safzal433 didn’t have any professional help for the project, just his brothers. The only hiccup was a delivery of stones that seemed too big for a paver base, so he had to order more stones in the right size. The pattern of the pavers was a nice design choice, simple and sophisticated. The edging was beautifully done, creating a seamless look between the bricks and cut pavers.
Paver Patio With Bar and Fireplace
This massive and sturdy paver patio features a fireplace and outdoor bar, with stone walls and pillars around the sides. Reddit user hoggie_30 is a former carpenter now working as an engineer, and it shows in his work. The choice of pavers was an interesting one, the shape resembling tulips in contrasting colors. The fireplace is the centerpiece of it all, creating a warm and inviting space for lounging and watching sunsets. The rough rustic style of the project fits nicely with the surrounding country backdrop. The adirondack chairs work great as accent pieces that help tie the whole design together.
Rounded Paver Patio
Doing a curved paver patio design is no easy task considering every edge piece must be cut to shape. Reddit user carycary created a paver patio with the majority of the sides being curved. The pavers are relatively small which means more individual tiles to cut to size and shape. As carycary puts it, “the 8 million edge pieces!” Therefore this project must have been a huge undertaking. The final results speak for themselves, with the flowing design fitting nicely with the natural surroundings. The pattern of the tiles in different shades of light brown also adds to the natural look of the design.
Small Paver Patio Extension
Not every paver patio project needs to be large in scale, there are options for people who have small yards or simply prefer a small intimate space for socializing with friends. Reddit user justgrant2009 decided that their current patio only needed a small extension and chose pavers as the best way to do so without having to pour concrete. The process seemed easy enough for even one person to tackle alone, and there were no edge pieces to cut. The results are a simple and practical paver patio.
Paver Patio With Koi Fish Pond
The description of this patio as an outdoor oasis is spot on. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it also seamlessly incorporates several patio design features. The most striking feature being the paver lined koi pond with an integrated waterfall, creating a clean modern look. The pump and tubing required for the pond were well hidden during the construction phase. A large gazebo with outdoor sofa set and barbecue offer a place to hide from the sun on hot days. Another impressive feature is the landscape design, which layers different types of plants and foliage, creating a colorful and vibrant surrounding.
As a homeowner, paver patios are a great way to add value to your property without the need of hiring a professional. You can do the work yourself and save a lot of money. Be sure to do research first and learn from the mistakes of others. Patience and attention to detail are major requirements for a paver patio project.
We offer stylish fire pits such as the Modfire Solfire Fire Pit that features a unique and eye catching design. These fire pits would look great in any patio and come in various colors to match your patio design. Outdoor fountains such as the Cascada Outdoor Floor Fountain are a great alternative to building your own. If you liked the adirondack chair pictured in one of the remodels, we offer a Classic Adirondack Chat Set.
About the Author
Cheryl Khan is a regular contributor for the Patio Productions blog. She is obsessed with all things design related, but especially interiors. She also enjoys keeping up with outdoor design trends, so be sure to follow her on Twitter.