Brick patios and stone walkways

Guest Post By: Patio

Aileen Hines

Although you may be familiar with the standard rules for creating a beautiful gardening space and walk-through area for your patio, those typical design concepts may not be adequate for the unique territory that is your property’s landscape. You need to be ready to break with convention in order to produce the best visual effects for the garden you have. For example, sometimes the best natural looking elements of the garden is pre-existing foliage, whose look you don’t want to ruin by following artificial rules about where to break up an area to introduce a walkway. Work with what you already have before you add elements that enhance the setting.

Nature’s beauty sometimes does trump artificial attempts to enhance it.  Another element showing how unique territory affects your ability to pave and sculpt the target patio area is integrating the particular design of the brick paver to the shape of the local space it may be going into. If the total patio area is somewhat angular, use of round design elements may be helpful in making the setting look more natural. This means the pavers may also need to be oval to match the effect of the landscape design. The opposite holds true if you’re trying to “square off” an overly circular area to introduce interesting contrast.

The paving done to complete the look is dependent on both your budget, and what looks good based on the nature of the setting. Certain specialty websites may be helpful in finding the look you want. The use of stone materials for walkways works best for poolside areas or fountains. Materials can range from flagstone, granite, bluestone, limestone and sandstone. You may have to place samples of each material to the general look of the patio see which is the best match. Since stone pavers are expensive, you may be disappointed to find that the material you like the most is the one beyond your budget. A quick workaround in this case is to shorten the planned walkway as needed to make it more affordable.

Another beautifying element to add to the scene is some kind of landscape lighting and pathway changes that work just for both the patio and the walkway. The simplest arrangement involves a standard outdoor electrical supply is the source of the light, but you may want to get fancier with solar powered or other low wattage solutions. A winding path is probably more aesthetically pleasing for most landscapes and brick patios than is a bland straight walkway. It also gives the person strolling the garden patio a sense of having more access to the most interesting parts of the space.

Vantage points are crucial when configuring and setting up the gardening design, because the nature of the walk-through space is one where the effect needs to look beautiful whether you are along the walkway, or looking at it from the home, or looking at the home from the edge of the garden. The normal rules of gardening design may only create a nice visual effect in one of those respects. Prioritize which viewpoint is of the utmost importance in producing the effects you want, but don’t neglect beautifying the other point of views from which one will be experiencing the garden and patio.

Author Bio:

Aileen Hines is a professional writer, blogger and editor that specialize in topics such as technology, data recovery, and home care. You may also connect with the author at Google+, Twitter and Facebook.

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