So you’re planning to build a paver patio. Great choice! Pavers are more affordable than stamped concrete and stronger than wood. Before you make this big investment, spend some time really considering your color choices, pattern options, and of course the shape and features of your patio. Will it be squared off or rounded? Does it need to accommodate any other features in your yard, like a pond or garden? Will it include any special features, like a fire pit, a fireplace, or an outdoor kitchen?
Take your time and choose carefully. Not only will this affect the way your family enjoys your yard, but it should also add value to your home. To help give you a general direction as you start making decisions, we’ve compiled a list of great paver patio ideas. Skim through them, note the ones you like best, and start sketching out some plans of your own!
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Paver Patio Ideas
If you’ve got a green thumb, why not blend your garden space with your patio? Or if you have an attractive fountain or pond, incorporate it into the patio. That way, there won’t be a stark contrast between the paved section of your yard and the more natural elements.
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On the other hand, especially if your patio will be relatively small, you might to emphasize its presence in contrast to the yard. If your goal is to make the patio feel separate and slightly more private, you might want to elevate it above the lawn and/or place a barrier between it and the lawn. For the barrier, you could use flowers, shrubs, or a short stone wall.
Since you’re already planning a major landscaping project, think about installing a fireplace or an outdoor kitchen to match. If you’d been considering installing this type of feature someday in the future, why not do it right now? It will likely be cheaper overall and the fireplace and/or kitchen will better complement the patio since you’re doing it all at once.
If you have the space, why not incorporate multiple levels? This will break up a large expanse of patio and create intimacy. Plus, if you like to entertain, I’m sure you can see how this design would work wonderfully for parties. Small groups could cluster on different levels, kids’ tables could be separate from adults’ tables, and the space would feel more dynamic.
If you enjoy sitting around a fire on cool autumn nights, roasting s’mores, or burning up the loose twigs and branches in your yard, a fire pit is the perfect feature for you. If you add it in at the same time that you build the patio, you’ll be able to match the pavers as well and create a more thoughtfully-designed space.
Finally, consider adding paverart to really spice up your patio space. The specially cut paver pieces can be installed to create beautiful works of art on your patio.