We recently started a small patio project which required a bit of creative problem solving. Â The objectives were to incorporate a large existing trellis, which the homeowners wanted to use as a seating area, add a gas firepit and make all of this tie in to the existing surroundings.
Pavers were selected for this patio primarily for their appearance. Â They offer low maintenance and durability, much like concrete, but with a richer, more interesting look. Â In this instance, there were already several materials in place with which we needed to integrate (the new patio connects a set of tiled steps and a second set of steps made of basalt stone). Â The paver stones for this project were sourced from Willamette Graystone
Paver stones satisfied all the aesthetic requirements, and offered one more benefit: a simple installation. Â I should emphasize, however, that simple and easy are two different things. Â Installing pavers is definitely not complicated, but then, working with tons of gravel, sand and paver stones is a bit of a workout (shoveling, wheelbarrowing, screeding, compacting, more shoveling, more screeding, more compacting, etcâ€¦.).
As the work has proceeded, we have been reminded of another point: precision craftsmanship makes a difference. Â Taking the time to get the gravel sub-base level, while not very exciting, makes it a lot easier to get the sand level, and therefore, less work to get the paver stones level. Â And, walking across a smooth, consistent, level surface is much better than stumbling or tripping on an uneven one.
We still have work to do; finishing the patio field areas, constructing the firepit, adding benches and repairing the landscape border. Â Stay tuned…