PatiosPatios are one of the major elements we think of in landscapes, and with due cause. Patios add form and function to any yard, and can greatly expand the potential usage for a space. Whether you just need a solid place to put a small table and chairs for afternoon tea or you need an outdoor kitchen to entertain 100s at a time, we can work with you to come up with a pleasing shape and material for your patio.
Once you have a shape drawn out on your plans we will lay it out for you in the field with pipe and/or bender board so that you can look at it the way it will be installed. Once you have approved the final shape, we will begin the installation process.
We use a variety of materials in constructing patios, walkways, and stairs. The least expensive options are usually concrete and pavers, in the mid-range are the more expensive pavers and artificial stone, and at the higher end is usually natural stone. Natural stone has it’s own price range but is itself very attractive and it is difficult to replicate its beauty.
Although natural stone is generally a more expensive material not only to purchase but also to cut and lay into a patio, there are other, more informal options that we can discuss with you.
Pavers have become a very popular material for patios, walkways and driveways. Pavers are made of concrete and come in a variety of colors and styles. They are generally very cost effective and a basic paver can go in for a very similar price per square foot as concrete. They do not need a concrete base and can be installed on sand with a thick layer of base rock beneath. For driveways we sometimes use a geofabric material that will hold the pavers in place under a heavier load.
One of the advantages of pavers for a patio or a driveway is that if a patch of the pavers gets depressed, or lifted from a heavy truck or nearby tree, the effected area can be lifted and relaid flat without having to redo the entire area.
Another advantage to pavers is the fact that since they do not need a concrete base, they allow a small amount of water through to the soil beneath, helping our underground water to recharge. You can also take this idea one step further and choose from one of the several “permeable pavers” available. These pavers have a small gap between them to allow extra water to flow through them and into the ground. They can be quite attractive looking and can sometimes be counted as only “partially permeable paving” if your town or city permitting office only allows for a finite amount of “non-permeable paving” this could be a great solution for your project. This is also a great solution for those who want a more environmentally conscious landscape.