There are so many different patio materials to consider in a patio design for your landscape or pool area. At Autumn Leaf we review examples of completed jobs during our consultation so we can get a feel for what you envision for your patio design project. When we begin the design process we utilize 3D rendering software that will illustrate how your project will look in its completed state.
We offer homeowners the option to choose from many materials for a new patio build. Overall we will recommend the right materials based on the location, budget and the overall design elements of your existing landscape.
Many materials will work well in a patio design for your outdoor living space or pool area. Your final decision will be based on your budget, and vision for your homes newly designed landscape. Here are a few examples of available materials.
- Real Stone – Natural looking, and long lasting.
- Stone Veneer – The benefits of real stone, but lighter and less expensive.
- Brick – Very traditional, lasts a long time, can be new or recycled bricks. Different design patterns and configurations are possible. Not quite as expensive as stone.
- Pavers – Man made stone that offers an elegant finished product.
Expand Your Outdoor Living Space
Many homeowners plan their landscape ideas, and then partner with us on the final design. Our use of 3D technology makes the whole process exciting.
Define An Area
Walkways, lattice and a bench help add structure for a vegetable and ornamental garden.
stone wall can creates a timeless garden border and adds charm and character to the garden.
Screen The View
Lattice and a triangle pergola form an airy hideaway and additional outdoor living space.
A pergola or arbor provides a welcome respite on a hot sunny day and adds a comfortable sense of enclosure.
A water feature adds a new dimension, and tranquility to your landscape.
Here are some Simple Tips to Help Create a Hardscaping Masterpiece:
Choose your Style: With so many styles and patterns of paving stones to choose from you might be overwhelmed at first. It’s always best to visit the dealers to see the products on display. Do you want your paving stones to be consistent in size and shape? Do you what to incorporate unique and stylish patterns? With specific brands such as Unilock, Techo-Bloc and EP Henry, you can create designs, colors and patterns previously resembling natural stone. With paving stones you can also create monograms, edge walkways and incorporate different shapes into your patio. Create different effects using small bricks or large molded slabs. If you choose to use the same size paving stones, angling the stones horizontally and vertically will make a big difference. We are never afraid to experiment with the use of shapes and texture in different directions to form designs within the patio.
Choose your Patio Surface: Depending on the look you want for your patio, the surface you choose to build it with can say everything. These days a durable surface can last for generations to come, can be easy to clean or replace and can keep the desired look you want all year round. If you are going for a natural, untamed look, paving slabs will work as well as stone and offer more versatility in color and texture. Since they are a concrete product, they don’t heat up in the sun therefore are cooler to walk on barefoot. Use rough pieces of flagstone for your patio, or choose from manufactured stone that comes in uniform dimensions and thicknesses. Stones with lower porosity are more durable and last longer than stones that absorb lots of water. If you are considering stone, be sure to take porosity, durability, and hardness into account.
Include Landscape Elements: When designing your paving stone patio keep in mind the elements that will be included with the patio once it’s competed. These will include benches, landscape lighting, planters, fountains/ water effects, pergola’s and any other item that will be a permanent fixture to your completed patio design. Don’t forget about landscaping. You may have views that need to be blocked or enhanced when viewing your yard from your new patio. If you have an area that slopes into your patio, you may want to use a retaining wall to keep it in place. You can also use plants and shrubs that will further compliment the shapes and colors you choose.
Autumn Leaf Landscape Design, Inc. specializes in paving stone patios and hardscape designs. If you’d like to add value to your home with a new patio or would like to replace an existing one, call us today at (631) 424-5544. We look forward to creating a hardscape creation for you and your family!
Patio Designs no longer need to be the boring slab of concrete attached to the back of a house. No matter where you live, you can fashion a stylish patio garden. That’s an intimate getaway right outside your back door.
Patios are much like decks in the planning stages. You must make a few basic decisions before the design process can begin.
Design with Purpose: Imagine the purpose you want for your outdoor living space. Will your patio be used for an outdoor dining or sitting room? Do you plan to entertain guests there? Decide the kinds of activities that will take place on your patio and how each space will accommodate them. You’ll need to consider your personal likes and preferences and how they’ll impact your design.
Consider Home Strengths: Work with, not against the architecture of your house and its relation to your property. An outdoor retreat should compliment the particular angles and accents your home offers. Create a harmonious indoor and outdoor connection by incorporating colors from your home into your hardscape design.
Define the Space: Structures help define a patio as a room. Adding an overhead structures gives the sense of a ceiling and a sense of privacy. Allow your patio breathing room space. After you have chosen a patio table and chairs, think of the space needed when the chairs are pulled out. Account for “mingling space” when you have guests or a party.
Capture a Focal Point: A patio should grab your eye. The sight line from the back of your house should lead to a beautiful flowering tree, an intimate sitting area or a vine covered gazebo. Look out onto the terrace from the house and think of what you want to see from those windows. Focal points guide the eye around your beautifully created hardscape.
You’re much more likely to spend time in a room if it includes elements you love, such as your favorite color or favorite painting. That goes for patios, too. While there are many elements to consider when planning for a well designed hardscape, personal preferences and the goal of your outdoor space take importance. If you are interested in a paving stone patio, Autumn Leaf Landscape offers helpful hardscaping design hints to keep homeowners in-the-know.