In the recent past, the term ‘Outdoor Living Space’ didn’t exist. A patio was simply a concrete slab at the rear entrance of your home, with just enough space to put a small table and maybe a charcoal grill. Today, with the demand for homeowners wanting to spend more time outdoors, patios have evolved to fit many needs; and with that, a new breed of patios has emerged – Paver Patios.
This growing demand for Paver Patios has forced landscape contractors to be more innovative with their designs. Due to the increasing popularity of pavers, homeowners are excited to create something new and unique. Pavers allow landscape designers to be much more creative in implementing homeowner’s patio ideas. They can utilize different patterns, borders and colors to turn a homeowner’s vision into a reality. The introduction of pavers has completely changed the way patios are designed and used. Pavers can also be used to create seating walls, columns, grill stations, outdoor bars and kitchens, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces, and of course patios. If you can imagine it, you can build it with pavers.
There are three questions that you should ask yourself before you move forward with your paver installation:
- What is my budget? – This can be a loaded question, but it is something that needs to be addressed. As a homeowner, you should not be afraid to tell your contractor your budget. A good contractor's price is the price no matter what and they will work with you to provide a design that will fit your budget. Also, keep in mind, if your wants exceed your budget, using pavers will leave you the opportunity to seamlessly add on later.
- How will I use my patio? – Other than budget, this is the most important question homeowners can ask themselves. If you plan on entertaining, consider seating walls around portions of your patio for overflow seating, or maybe an outdoor bar is something that you would use frequently. An outdoor fire pit or fireplace can be a great way to spend some quality time with your children. Perhaps adding a grill station or outdoor kitchen might be a nice addition if you enjoy grilling out. However you choose to use your patio, you need to convey these uses to your designer so they can incorporate them into the patio design.
- What do I want my patio to look like? – A good patio designer will integrate your uses into a pleasing design, one that will accentuate certain features of your home while expanding your personality to the outside. The most difficult part of a patio design is the marriage between functionality and aesthetics. Pavers give you a lot of design flexibility. Radial designs will typically soften corners and create interesting curves. Square and rectangle patio designs can be used to accentuate dimensional features of a home. Using different colors or styles of pavers in different areas will help define space on your patio. For example, a circular pattern can help define a fire pit area.
The more time you invest in designing and planning your project, the easier and more enjoyable the installation process will be. Our professionals at Paramount are here to help you out every step of the way! Call today to start the process of building your custom ‘Outdoor Living Space!’