Brick and Stone Patio
Concrete is a common material used for patios, but many homeowners are looking for the right material to use to upgrade the look of their patio for decorative appeal. Others want to install a new patio space in their front or back yard. Both a brick patio and a patio featuring stone are ideal options to consider for a decorative, durable patio. These materials can be used together or individually to enhance the look of any outdoor space. Before installing your patio, consider researching with your professional patio contractor the creative possibilities available to you when you use brick or stone for your patio.
Whether you choose to install a brick patio, a stone patio or a patio with a combination of both materials, consider the fact that these materials are available in a wide range of colors, sizes and styles. Stone patios generally provide a more natural look, but some stones carry a sophisticated or elegant look. Bricks typically are available in a range of more decorative color choices, but they can also be found in neutral hues. The material may match the exterior of the home, or it may complement the home’s exterior to maximize aesthetic appeal.
There are a wide range of design options available to choose from. These range from a random or haphazard pattern to an ornate or highly complex pattern. A random layout is most common when using flagstones or other natural stones that have a unique shape. Some designs feature a stone patio outlined by brick pavers. Others feature a built-up ledge or flower box feature using one or both types of materials.
You can explore design ideas and the creative use of both stones and brick pavers by searching online or by reviewing patio design books. Once you have a few great ideas in mind, contact your patio contractor to turn your idea into a reality.