26 Mar Top landscaping trends use pavers
Google top landscaping trends and you might start getting excited about what your home outdoors can become. Among some of the recurring trends mentioned, brick and clay pavers can play a role in making them come together.
The National Association of Landscape Professionals’ list for 2020 includes “ornate geometric hardscaping.” They describe this:
“Popular interior decor patterns like waves, lattice, chevron and basket weave are making their way into hardscaping. Incorporate these designs into your walkway, patio, retaining walls and/or fire features.”
Pavers are geometry defined. Pairing our traditional 4×8 pavers with our new 4×12 pavers gets you an eye-catching chevron pattern. And basketweave is one of the most popular and traditional paver patterns. So take your pick.
It’s not all about angles, either. You can achieve serpentine pathways and circles, too.
In the same list, “do it your way” emerges as a homeowner trend this spring. Again, pavers can deliver on this. You get lots of creative latitude with the segmental quality of clay pavers. If geometric discipline isn’t your thing, follow your imagination down winding garden paths that start and finish wherever your spirit takes you.
We see lots of “do it your way” folks at our annual Paver Days events, where Pine Hall Brick products are offered at DIY discounts. Homeowners drive long distances to stock up and some of them have paver projects that never end. They just keep adding on, like Gordon Drews and Darlene Hartwig.
Drews’ garden paths never stop winding. Hartwigs’ hillside cabin mixes styles, colors and patterns in a whimsically livable way that supports container gardening and family dinners under the stars.
A supply of clay pavers can be kept on hand for years until the mood to pave strikes you. And the brick will still look new.
FromHouseToHome.com has two trends on its lawn and landscape list that are perfect for pavers: “Bring the outdoors in” and “Outdoor kitchen bar.” Also, number 29 in House Beautiful’s “50 Chic Patio Ideas to Try in Your Backyard” list is “Outdoor Bar.” Theirs comes with clay pavers!
With full size 4×8 pavers you’ve got your patio covered, but what if you want to bring the patio indoors? Easy. Thin pavers and paver tiles can both achieve this. Thin pavers install easily over concrete slabs, like you might have in a garage you want to remodel. Paver tiles, at 3/8”, can install over slabs or standard wood underlayment.
You’ll need some facebrick for an outdoor kitchen bar and it’s easy to match colors with pavers.
One of our customers made a bar out of reclaimed brick built on top of a brand-new paver patio. For his Victorian homestead it’s a great way to get eclectic.
Over at HGTV.com the 2020 trends are all about pathways—”Pathway to the pool” and “Eco-friendly pathways” among them. Because of the way clay pavers are installed—set over sand and gravel with ¼” gaps—a paver path is naturally water permeable. And what’s more at home in the ground than clay?
Whether you’re a trend watcher or you prefer to lead the way in your neighborhood, pathways, patios and brick features can provide the structure for an amazing extension of your home in the warmer sear