One of the common expressions that comes up in discussions about paver patios, pool decks, or walkways is, "There are limitless possibilities." Hyperbole aside, there are a staggering number of different options for paver designs when you consider aspects such as color, textures, pattern options, and more. Added all up, and there really are options for just about any design you can dream up. And really, any landscaper who can tell you, with precision, the number of actual possibilities there are, has been spending more time doing math than landscaping; beware of those people.
In this post, then, we are going to discuss some different ways in which you can redefine your outdoor living space by incorporating well-designed paver patterns.
Deciding on Pavers and Patterns
In the early stages of planning, most people tend to have an idea of the types of colors and textures they are looking for in pavers. This could be inspired by a walkway or patio you've seen in your neighborhood, on television, or even on Pinterest.
Deciding which pattern to implement usually comes after decisions regarding color and texture. You may have already noticed that some pavers comes in certain shapes and sizes, which makes them ideal for use in certain patterns or designs. So, if you have a very particular pattern in mind, you may have to keep some wiggle room with regards to the choices you make with color and/or texture. Refusing to be flexible in your choice of pavers may lead to increased labor costs if cuts need to be made so that the pavers you <really want will also fit the pattern you really want.
Pro Tip: Keep it proportional. When it comes to deciding on pavers for your project, larger pavers look better with larger spaces (e.g., large patio or pool deck), while smaller spaces look better with smaller pavers (e.g., patios or walkways).
Creating Illusions with Pavers
There are several popular patterns that can create unique illusions in your patio spaces, they include, among others:
Another aspect to keep in mind is that if you decide on complex pattern, that will also draw more attention to the hardscaping itself; yet, pavers that appear to be placed more randomly will fall with a more natural look in the surrounding space.
Mix It Up
If you are using pavers to reimagine a large space, mixing up the paver patterns is a great way to to keep it from looking like a "sheet of pavers" was just laid across the space. They can help you to define different area of a larger space, such as spaces for cooking, dining, entertaining, and the like. Working border pavers into your design is a good way to design a unique pattern in a larger space.
Border pavers are ideal to keep the edges of your patio or pool deck looking clean. They can also be used to outline features, like flower beds, in a way that makes every feature appear part of a unified design.
To add pool deck coping, step treads, or even adding bordering to a raised patio, consider contrasting bull-nose pavers.
Create Focal Points
There are a few ways to add focal points to your patio with patio paver kits. A common example would be a circle kit, which is a popular option for defining a dining space on a patio. Circle kits work best in larger spaces. They can be implemented as a stand alone design or in tandem with other pavers/kits to create more ornate patterns. Fan patterns are also a popular option. You can even consider pre-assembled kits that mimic popular designs, which can include family crests or traditional European architectural staples, if that is your style.
Perhaps you saw a patio that you feel in love with. Maybe you are just thinking of practical, enjoyable ways to update (and add value to) your home. Whatever the reason, adding a paver patio can add years and years of your enjoyment to your home. Therefore, it's important to take the time in the planning stages to ensure you get a design you are sure to love now and for years to come.
If you are considering adding pavers to your landscape, give us a call at (517) 990-0110 or contact us online today. Our experienced and helpful staff would love to help you plan out a new paver project!
When it finally stops snowing in Michigan, no, seriously; one of the more enjoyable experiences is just sitting outside, maybe doing some grilling, and listening to the birds. In the thick of summer, though, the sun can really be unbearable at times. If you are looking to upgrade your outdoor space with a new patio (or updating the patio you have), you should definitely make shade a part of the plan.
Sure, some people like to lay in the sun and soak up the rays. They would do it all day if you let them. Most of us, it's safe to say, prefer to find some shade when the mercury rises. By integrating shade into your patio plans, and even other parts of your yard, you can make summer more enjoyable for the whole family. In this post, we are going to look at a few different options for creating shade in your yard.
Trees for Shade
Mother Nature really knew what she was doing with all this tree business. In addition to giving us all of that wonderful oxygen, trees are a natural go-to for shade. Shade trees, like the American elm, for example, are grown primarily for their ability to cast shade. Flowers or fruit are usually an afterthought. In Michigan, trees like elms, maples, and oaks are popular shade tree options, because they have larger leaves and thick branches. Since trees literally take decades to grow large enough to provide ample shade, you might want to have some other options on hand until your trees mature.
Pergolas for Shade
Most pergolas you see look like a very poor choice for providing shade. Pergolas, in a nutshell, are just frames with overhead beams, which don't really provide much shade. From their inception, though, pergolas were supposed to be paired with a removable sun shade that was draped across those overhead beams. The sun shade, then, could be removed and washed, then put back out again as needed. On occasion, you'll see some homeowners use pergolas for crawling vines. Like trees, this takes quite some time to mature and fill in, but it really is an attractive way to offer shade for a patio when it is all filled in.
Gazebos for Shade
As pergolas are often set near the home and over patio pavers, gazebos are stand-alone units set away from the home. They feature open walls and a solid roof. Originally, gazebos were completely constructed from wood. In time, however, gazebos with bases of concrete or brick pavers that match nearby patios have become increasingly popular. For the most part, gazebos feature arched openings that allow for a full view of the yard, as well as creating opportunities for cross breezes. One popular option is to have the openings on a gazebo fitted for removable bug screening, so you can keep those pests at bay.
Umbrellas for Shade
If you haven't looked at patio umbrellas in a few years, you might actually be surprised at the options that exist now. Instead of being relegated to a hole in the middle of a patio table, contemporary patio umbrellas are available in a great range of shapes, sizes, and designs. For instance, some umbrellas make use of a cantilever system that creates an umbrella canopy, which actually hovers from an arm above the umbrella, rather than being supported by an arm below it. Situated on a weighted base, you can simply use a rolling crank to open or close these umbrellas.
Retractable Awnings for Shade
If you have an exposed porch or walk-out basement patio, a retractable awning is another solid choice in a shade provider. Whether you are looking for protection from the sun or from rain, you simply crank the handle and the whole frame and fabric of the awning expands to cover your space.
It's worth noting that retractable awnings come with a wide variety of fabric options. For instance, would you prefer a lighter material that allows a good amount of light to pass through? Or would you prefer a full-SPF shade that keeps all of the suns rays out. A reputable retractable awning company will be able to work with you in deciding which fabric works best for your patio.
When it comes to making patio plans, you'll want to keep your shade options in mind. Being able to get out of the sun when you need to is a great way to make the summer season all the more enjoyable. From trees to retractable awnings and everything in between, keep your eyes open for opportunities to create shade where you want or need it.
If you have a patio project in mind, trust E.P.M. Lawnscape and Supply to help you through the process from start to finish. To get started, give us a call at (517) 990-0110 or contact us online today!
When it comes to making investments in your home, a paver patio is one that offers great returns. In addition to adding value to your home, it can be enjoyed for many years. One of the most appealing aspects of a paver patio is that the maintenance is very simple. In this post, we are going to look at three ways you can keep your paver patio looking brand spanking new.
1. Start with Sweeping
Cleaning your patio pavers is often as easy as: sweep, hose, and soap. The majority of the time, your pavers won't need much more than a good sweeping. Pick a time when it has been dry for a few days and take a few passes with a broom. Beyond patios, you can do this for any of your pavers (e.g., walkways, driveways, etc.). If you think the pavers still look a little meh after sweeping, grab the garden hose and rinse them down. Resist the temptation to use the power washer, though. The "stream" setting in a power washer has enough force to etch pavers in a way that can not be undone.
If you have pavers around the pool, you'll want to check for mold and mildew now and again. Because those pavers see more water than pavers in other locations, the odds of mold and mildew forming is greater there. Most pavers will come with instructions and if you have them professionally installed, your landscaper should also give you the skinny on taking care of them. In general, however, just about every type of paver can be cleaned with a mild soap. Most stains will come clean with little effort. On occasion, there will be some difficult stains. Motor oil and other vehicle fluids can be very difficult to clean. In such cases, you can just replace the soiled pavers. If you have any pavers left over from the installation, you can put it right in the spot where the stained paver was. If the idea makes you a little nervous, then contact the contractor or landscaper who did the initial installation and ask for help.
Pro Tip: Don't be quick to pitch old pavers. You can upcycle them into some pretty neat crafts. Check pinterest for ideas.
2. Know Your Stain Makers
From fruit to wine, there are a host of natural and man-made items that can stain your patio pavers. In that respect, you should be aware of the fruit trees in your area and when they are dropping fruit. You'll also want to keep an eye out for bird droppings and even wet leaves that are drying on your patio. It's a good idea to have a hose or leaf blower nearby. During the course of the year, you might need to use either (or both) a few times a week. When it comes to the man-made stains... well... an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you use your patio for entertaining guests, it might be a good idea to get into the practice of sweeping it off after gatherings.
3. Know Your Sealers
To be clear, you don't need to seal your pavers, but some homeowners choose to because they like the glossy look that sealing creates. If you are considering sealing your pavers, it is strongly recommended that you confer with a contractor or landscaper first. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that sealing pavers isn't a one-time deal. You will have to re-seal them every two-to-three years. Further, if your pavers are new, you may have to wait as long as two years before you can seal them. New pavers have manufacturing elements in them that naturally surface and work their way out of the paver over time. Sometimes, it can take up to two years for that process to complete. Sealing before that time could cause problems with the look of your pavers going forward.
The Enduring Appeal of Paver Patios
There are quite a few reasons why paver patios remain so popular. For the most part, they are very low-maintenance after installation. They last for decades and often look even better as they age. Some basic sweeping or blowing, particularly in autumn, is often all it takes to keep the patio paver surface looking great. When it doubt, just refer back to the paver manufacturer's directions or any advice provided by your landscaper during the installation process.
If you are considering investing in your home, you'd be hard pressed to find a better option than installing a paver patio. With a handful of tips and tricks in your pocket, you can keep it looking like new for many years!
Want to learn more about adding a paver patio? Give us a call at 5179900110" or contact us online today. Our experienced and helpful staff would love to help you plan your new patio!