Because of the severe grade change in the yard, the homeowner decided to go with patios at two levels. Lighting was also incorporated in this project for safety and night time entertainment.
These stairs are incorporated into a larger project but highlighted here to provide a visual representation of one option for steps.
Stairs with Lighting
These stairs were installed amongst two walls and a path and include lighting. This replaced and old railroad tie terrace and stairs providing safety and eliminating deterioration.
Built with 16”x16” concrete block with a Holland brick border edge. A small retaining wall had to be built to hold the patio in place and make the grade of the ground level.
A good example of a simple path of flagstone set with no cutting or mortaring, but still providing utility and longevity.
Here is a paver pathway that runs along the side of the house into the back yard and onto a small circular patio.
Terra Villa Paver Diveway
This short driveway was installed using Terra Villa pavers. They are a thicker paver and have a slight texture to them.
Circular Paver Pathway
Here is a paver pathway that runs along the side of a house into the backyard and onto a small circular patio.
Paver & Turf Stone
This permeable paver driveway is installed to allow the free movement of water. The holes are planted with grass to keep a natural look to the driveway and absorb water as well.
Raised Flagstone Patio
A sand set flagstone patio raised one step off the lawn built to be able to add other elements to the yard in the future.
Faux Sunken Patio
Compensating for a grade change, a small wall needed to be built surrounding half the patio, leaving the impression that the patio is sunken into the ground.
Patios, Pathways, Driveways & Stairs
Patios and Pathways can be installed to provide a variety of uses, and can be done with a wide variety of materials to suit both aesthetic and utilitarian purposes. Both concrete pavers and natural stone can be used to create formal or informal spaces for you to enjoy. When installed properly patios and paths can provide a lifetime of enjoyment and functionality.
Pavers have many different color combinations and styles to choose from to provide you with the look and function that you desire. There are also different patterns and textures that add an extra element to your project.
Natural stone is also available in many different colors and can be installed to have a formal or more natural look. Stone is available that has been cut and smoothed, or it is available in its raw form.
Lighting can be added for night time enjoyment and safety. It can also be added to highlight certain areas of your landscape for aesthetic purposes.
Depending on the placement of your patio or path, there are some additional costs that may need to be considered. Small retaining walls and/or drainage may need to be installed to keep your patio from failing if it is to be installed on a slope. You may also need to incorporate steps for easier access to the patio. Walls and drainage may also be needed to prevent excess water from running onto your patio. These things are all situational and should be considered as you plan your budget for the project.
Paver driveway after construction. The lattice pattern creates depth and dimension. Using permeable pavers filters and drains the water away from the driveway, eliminating puddles and sinkholes.
Another view of the finished paver driveway. For additional character, grass will be planted between the permeable pavers.
Another view of the original driveway. The concrete slab, as well as the unfinished gravel driveway will be replaced with eco-friendly, permeable pavers. To prepare the driveway, the gravel base will be compacted to 8" and then the pavers will be installed on top.
Original driveway before construction. This old, weathered concrete slab will be removed and replaced with a large, permeable paver driveway.
The completed permeable turf stone driveway. The turf stone has been seeded with grass. Once the grass has matured, the driveway can be mowed just like the rest of the lawn around the home.
Before construction. The original driveway was simple, unfinished gravel. We will replace this with permeable turf stone and a central planting area to add character and prestige to this beautiful home.
We have installed a paver walkway connecting the entrance to the garage. Installed at a slight grade, this will channel water away from the house to the permeable turf stone. For proper installation, underneath the turf stone is a compacted layer of gravel covered with a layer of sand.
Another view of the permeable turf stone being installed. Note the transition achieved by using different styles of pavers. This will add dimension and a more finished look to the final project.
Construction of circular planting area in the middle of the driveway. This transforms the area into a circular drive and will complement the existing softscape.