Paver patio

We recently started a small patio project which required a bit of creative problem solving.  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.  They offer low maintenance and durability, much like concrete, but with a richer, more interesting look.  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).  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.  I should emphasize, however, that simple and easy are two different things.  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, etc….).

As the work has proceeded, we have been reminded of another point: precision craftsmanship makes a difference.  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.  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.  Stay tuned…



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