Building and setting up a patio for the first time can be a daunting task. You have to decide where exactly you want it, how large to make it, and most importantly, what type of stone design to use.
Because there are so many different designs and options to use, choosing one can be difficult. If you’re still trying to come up with a suitable stone design for your patio, keep reading and we’ll give you some helpful tips.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Stone Pavers
The first step in designing an outdoor patio is choosing the type of stone to use. This will essentially be your “building block,” so it’s important to choose one that’s durable, stylish and easy to match with your outdoor furnishings.
One of the most common types of stones used in outdoor patios are known as pavers. Basically, these are everyday bricks that come in many shapes, styles, colors and textures. They are super easy to install and require very minimal maintenance.
As long you lay them out and grout them correctly, they should offer you several decades of use without showing any signs of visible wear or deterioration.
There are some disadvantages to using concrete pavers, one of which is their basic look that many people find too plain.
If you want a more stylish stone look on your patio, it’s recommended that you go with flagstone or tumbled stone instead. These are both excellent choices that have a certain flair that pavers lack.
Setting Up Your Patio Stones
The great thing about building your own stone patio is that it gives you the freedom to choose your own design. There’s no rule stating you must adhere to a certain shape or size.
If you want a funky-shaped patio that twists into other parts of your garden, then go for it. Just remember that larger patios are going to require more materials and work to build, so don’t bite off more than you can chew.
The easiest patio design is a basic square shape made of concrete pavers. Even if you have no previous experience building patios, chances are you can pull this together with little effort.
Just lay the pavers out and fill the gaps with paver sand. Once it’s done, you’ll have a beautiful patio that was constructed with your own bare hands.
If you’re willing to invest extra work into your patio, though, you should consider making a more elegant design, such as a circle or octagon.
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