Designs to Consider when Installing Pavers Designs to Consider when Installing Pavers
With so many pavers designs available you may ask, “Where should I begin?”. Paver design considerations revolve around basic planning concepts: Aesthetics, cost, ease and speed of installation and functionality.
Shape. Color. Layout. Pattern. Preference. All contribute to your DIY project’s design considerations. The area that you intend to improve influences your design. Are the buildings or fencing nearby square, or rectangle? The form of your paver project should complement those shapes. But also consider this contrarian view: break up boring squares by creating a space with pavers and landscaping that escapes the norm. You have the pencil and graph paper at your command and can make your design conform and blend into its surroundings or create the peaceful getaway for the nonconformist.
In the same manner as shape, color may be used to startle or blend. Will the surroundings be landscaping that organic colors will compliment—or will you be the creative rebel designing something that might see Dorothy finding her way back to Kansas? Colors impact design decisions.
Layout and Shape
Layout and shape might seem like synonyms when thinking of paver designs, but consider this: if you’re designing a driveway would you want an hourglass shape? Unless you’re the non-conforming rebel from earlier paragraphs, likely not. The layout of your project also must vote for your plan.
Design decisions are like a chain reaction—one decision bumps into another. Like shape, color and layout, choose a pattern that compliments the theme in your mind’s eye.
The trump card. No matter what shape conforms to its surroundings or color that blends so well it disappears or layout that seems so practical or pattern that fits like keys into a lock, you must live with the finished project. Draw your design, ask for input from your friends but don’t feel so bound by the elusive “right way” that you end up with some else’s favorite. Please yourself.
Cost differs from price. Price is what you pay for the materials. Cost is materials plus installation extras plus long term maintenance caused by cutting corners to save money. Allow cost a seat at the design table.
Ease and Speed of Installation
Consider your skill level. Are you a proficient DIY'er or will this be your first project? If this is your first, the simplest designs might be the wisest choices. Time factors here too. If your laying pavers for a new driveway do you really want to park on the street in front of your home or on the grass for an extended period? That could add up to a project that wears you down. Ease and speed are decision factors.
Driveways, walkways and patios should slope so that water flows away from not to your home. For example, the recommended slope for a drive is about 1 inch for every 4 feet of driveway. Plan for functionality with every design.