Often times I meet clients that have small yards or yards that can only accommodate a more simpler design. As a designer, I might recommend doing a rectangle shaped patio. The initial reaction of many may be that it is a boring design. However, with all the options brick paver manufacturers have to offer, its easy to make it much more appealing.
By combining Color, Texture, Style and Shape you can achieve a better design a make that boring shape demand more attention.
As you can see in this picture the use of all of those option come into play. This Unilock Beacon Hill (Fossil color) patio has a border of Copthorne in a Basalt color. The texture change from the Beacon Hill to the Copthorne is big. The Copthorne brick pavers have a more smooth and sheeny look similar to that of traditional bricks. While the Beacon Hill has more of a natural stone look. The change of color is also dramatic, but that does not always have to be the case. You can use a less contrasting color. In that situation, the change in texture will be enough o provide a subtle contrast from border to field pavers.
Rectangle Shaped Designs
For this customer, we came up to the conclusion that a rectangle shape would be the most accommodating for his goals. He had plenty of yard space but he also wanted to have room for a volleyball net and badminton set. He also wanted to not interfere with a close by tree so a rectangle shape was the way to go.
Looking at this shape on paper might have you thinking that a square or rectangle shape lacks interest. In reality those shapes provide the best options for outdoor furniture seating arrangements. You can move you patio furniture around to fit your taste. In a curvilinear design you may find that problematic. The curves in the patio limit your placement of furniture and your options for changing that are less.
As you can see from these designs combining color, texture and shape can really help bring a new level of pizazz to your patio. Or you can opted for the subtle approach. Either way you will be sure to keep a very nice level of interest in your patio and enjoy spending more time on it.
Brick Paver Patio with Natural Gas Fir Pit and Pergola
Here are the finished results. As you can see this is by far a boring patio. Once the grass grows in around it the it will look amazing and be ready for a lifetime of memories.
What you see there is a Rough Sawn Cedar Pergola. I’m sure you can imaging the possibilities with that. You can add some Italian Lights to bring a level of warmth to the atmosphere. Not sure why, but people are drawn to these structures. I don’t know if its because the idea of having a roof over your head is comforting or not but they create a level of comfort to the space.
Square Shaped Patio Are Not Boring
A bit of creativity combined with scheme that fits the desires of the homeowner can bring life to a square or rectangle space. Not to mention that you retain 100% of the space for furniture placement, unlike a curvy design. Don’t be afraid to give it a shot. I hope this article was helpful in providing you with a glimpse of how a boring shape can be really be transformed into a more appealing space. Good luck!