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Paver Planning Series: Patterns

When planning a new Hardscape, there are lots of choices and decisions to make. In this short series of articles, we’re going to talk about the patterns, colors and textures available with concrete paving stones.

Masonry is artistry. Laying brick and stone is an ancient practice that has been handed down throughout millennia. Pavers benefit from these tried-and-true artisan ways. Let’s take a look at some of the popular styles of laying pavers that bring history and artistry to life on your Hardscape. These are only a few of the possible patterns for your outdoor space.

90° Herringbone

Paved walkway usinh 90 degree Herringbone pattern

We have Romans to thank for this seminal rectangular-paving stone pattern. The cross-hatch of herringbone is immediately recognizable and can be found in tiling, wood flooring and paving brick structures. Strong enough for driveways, this eye-catching pattern is a classic way to dress up a space. The traditional herringbone pattern places rectangular pavers at a 90° angle and are laid parallel to the border.

Dock with pavers in a 45 degree Herringbone pattern45° Herringbone 

A variation on the traditional 90° herringbone, a 45° herringbone rotates the pattern slightly when installing it. This off-set method is often used to draw the eye forward or toward a focal point, e.g. the repeated angle leads the viewer’s attention up to the main structure. A long driveway or walkway that leads up to a house or garage is a great example of where herringbone can shine. Rectangular pavers are required for any herringbone pattern. In this pattern, rectangular pavers are laid at a 45° angle and perpendicular to the border, which means it will typically require more cutting of the pavers for installation.

Basketweave PatternPatio pavers set in a basketweave pattern

A classic pattern, the basketweave is a creative way to bring depth and interest to a surface while using uniformly-sized pavers. A basketweave pattern adds depth by mimicking an interlocking weave pattern. Basketweave also is understated enough to not overpower the home or the more prominent features of the Hardscape.

Running Bond Pattern

Brick paver driveway set using as runningbond patternA formal and geometric pattern, a running bond is the common and recognizable brick pattern. A “course” is one line of the paving stones, with each brick laid end-to-end.. A “running bond” is when the next course of bricks is laid so that each stone stretches over the adjoining seam (where 2 bricks meet) in the course below.

A single course, or one line of brick, is popular for borders. A running bond pattern is a great option for large expanses that should not take too much attention away from the home itself. It’s a comforting pattern that people expect to see. It is plain but elegant, and naturally leads the eye up to the home itself.

Random InstallationPatio with firepit, wall and pavers set in a random Installation

Differently-sized pavers are required for a random installation. Often manufacturers offer multi-piece paver styles where all sizes are within the same pallet. The laying pattern isn’t exactly random, though. A skilled contractor knows how to position the different pavers to make the installation seem random, as if a mason from an era long ago was tasked with the job of constructing a patio from fieldstone. This option is great for homeowners who wish to reflect a more casual decor. Differently-sized pavers are a requirement for a random installation.

The world of pavers is deeper and wider than just these few patterns and stones. Many creative options are available. Plan your Hardscape with a paver pattern in mind and your space will be elevated from a merely functional area to a stunning feature of the home. Download the catalog to help boost your own ideas.

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