With the beautiful climate that blesses the country through the summer, having a functional outdoor space where friends and family can gather to talk and play is a must! A serene backyard that flows with your home aesthetic starts from the ground up. Landscape pavers are the base for your patio and other hardscaping elements, so what you choose can exponentially enhance your design when designed in a beautiful and meaningful way. Read on for five designs utilizing landscape pavers for your Burbank yard!
5 Landscape Pavers Design Ideas
1. Natural Stone Pavers
Natural stone landscape pavers add charm to a patio or pathway in your yard. They are a warm material that helps blend the outdoors into your living space, creating a delightful balance of nature versus design. Plus, they are inconspicuous enough to be a base for unique landscaping while giving off a rugged mountain look.
2. Perfectly Measured Pavers
If you have a modern-style home with crisp lines, perfectly measured pavers will accentuate your existing design. Placing your landscape pavers for your patio and pathways at perfect angles, and cutting to precision, can give an architectural, design-forward patio look. Combine wide, boldly cut concrete pavers with pea gravel beds or a contrasting rock filler, and your deck will look like an outdoor contemporary architecture installation.
3. The Past and The Present
Using mixed materials can add eye-catching contrast to your patio and pathways. If you are using pavers for your patio, try lining it with another material, such as brick or natural stone. When you bring in an older or natural element, it can help to soften the concrete paver look, giving a rustic vibe.
4. Textural Contrast
Landscape pavers can be a lot of concrete or stone to handle. Try breaking it up with natural elements, such as groundcover or other green plants. Using contrasting textures to create patterns around your pavers will give your yard a magical, nature-filled, evergreen feel.
Our favorite style is to take natural stone pavers and leave a small bit of space between each piece to be lined with lush grass, giving an almost forest-like vibe. However, if you are practicing drought-tolerant landscaping and you want to minimize the amount of grass in your outdoor space that has to be watered, that same gap can be filled with pebbles or colored rocks to initiate that same texture.
5. Geometric Shapes
Arranging pavers in geometric patterns can change an ordinary patio into an art feature. A simple way to do this is to switch the direction in which you lay pavers. Try a diagonal instead of a horizontal line, and you will be amazed at the change you see! Creating shapes with your pavers, like a herringbone pattern, diamonds, or triangles, can give a different feel to your yard. You can even use contrasting materials such as inlaid stone or bricks to get more artistic.
Is it cheaper to lay concrete or pavers?
Poured concrete is usually more affordable per square foot than pavers. However, there is a line between quality and price. While pavers have a higher upfront cost than poured concrete, they typically are more durable and have a longer lifespan if treated properly. We recommend weighing the costs versus benefits before making a choice.
Can you lay pavers directly on dirt or grass?
While you can technically lay pavers directly on dirt or grass, it isn’t recommended. For dirt, professional landscapers are in agreement that than paver will perform better and remain permanent, the dirt must be excavated, leveled, and hard compacted to create the ideal paving surface.
For grass, some homeowners choose to create a “stepping stone” effect over the grass by setting the stones right on top. However, this can make your pavers unstable and will likely kill the grass underneath. Therefore, to create a safe and sturdy pave design, we suggest removing the grass and a shallow layer of topsoil before taking on the process listed in the previous paragraph.
Do pavers increase home value?
Due to the durable, long-lasting nature of landscape pavers, these additions can deliver a return on investment (ROI) anywhere from 25% to 60% if installed properly. To ensure you land on the higher end of the ROI, you will need to carefully consider the style and materials you choose to make up your design. We also recommend hiring a professional hardscaping installation team to complete the implementation to guarantee a beautiful, functional, and long-lasting landscape feature.
How long do pavers last?
Homeowners often choose landscape pavers for their design due to their long-lasting durability. If you invest in good quality pavers, they will likely last for 50 to 100 years if proper maintenance is performed. Additionally, unlike concrete slabs or poured asphalt, pavers can be repaired and replaced far easier. Rather than digging up the whole design, you simply have to repair a single piece. While the upfront cost of pavers may be more expensive, the added benefit of easy repair and replacement makes the investment worthwhile.
Are pavers low maintenance?
One of the top benefits of utilizing landscape pavers is that they are super low maintenance. Unlike poured concrete or asphalt, pavers don’t need their color reapplied every other year and are less likely to crack until freezing conditions. All they really need is to be occasionally swept and washed off. If you want to go above and beyond, you can add a simple protective sealer to make cleaning and maintenance even more minimal.
Design Scapes – Hardscaping Specialists
If you would like to create a stunning look with your pavers, we encourage you to give us a call today. Our team consists of expert designers and hardscapers that can turn your vision into a beautiful reality. To learn more, book a consultation with us today!