Patios and Walkways
Friends and family will gather to dine, converse, or just rest and enjoy. A
patio becomes the focal point for outdoor entertaining.
Patios are extensions of living space within the landscape. Whether intimate or
expansive, isolated from or adjacent to your home, patios integrate pattern, texture
and color into your garden.
Many choices of material, style, color, and patterns exist for installing patios
and walkways - brick, paver, decorative and stamped concrete, flagstone or slate,
and natural stone such as cobblestone. Read about the various choices of patio and
walkway materials. Then take a look at outdoor lighting suitable for patios, walkways, and garden paths.
Next to colorful plantings and various shades of green, a red brick patio or walkway
makes a bold and majestic statement. Red brick is timeless, whether reused from
a broken-down wall or clean and new, it is the perfect choice for most any patio
or walkway. Brick is available in many styles and colors and is often used for fire
pits, walls, and as a base for outdoor lighting.
Pavers are a brick-like concrete product that is available in many styles, colors,
and patterns. It has a clean look that adds a contemporary or colonial feel to the
garden. Pavers offer a very durable and low maintenance surface for patios, walkways
Concrete is the most common patio surface and the most versatile of all patio materials.
Decorative concrete patios can be stained, stamped and etched. It is a durable surface
and is easily cleaned and maintained.
Hydrapressed slabs are a concrete product that has a much larger surface area than
pavers. They often give your garden a modern appearance. Hydrapressed slabs, available
in a limited number of styles and colors, are a durable and low maintenance surface
for large patios and pathways. For elegance, this is an exceptional choice.
Flagstone is the general term for the natural stone used in walkways and patios.
Pennsylvania Bluestone and Montana Slate are commonly used types of flagstone. The
flagstone available locally is in fact quarried all over the world. Ground cover,
such as thyme, can be nestled between the edges of the stone to create an appealing
look. Flagstone is the choice of many homeowners in the Seattle area as it provides a more natural-look
or rustic feel.
The flagstone slabs can be cut to shape or used as irregular pieces. They are generally set in sand. When this is the case, it is easy to move and
reuse the stone, if desired. This method of installation also allows rain water to penetrate and reduces water run-off.
Flagstone is relatively easy to maintain. Moss and weeds can grow between the slabs and sand may need to be added each year. Care should be taken if using a power-washer on any patio or walkway that has been set in sand.
Cobblestones are a large rounded river-rock that was commonly used for building
the first streets. Creating a walkway of cobblestone allows us to step back in time
and gives a relaxed country-feel to a landscape. Cobblestone walkways are especially
beautiful and can be set in sand, to allow for permeability, or cemented in place.
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