Brandi Campos. Patio. July 24th , 2017.
Every homeowner dreams of a patio to socialize and relax on. You can maximize your enjoyment by ensuring your patio is properly outfitted. You may want to make sure you have some quality chairs to sit in, some pretty flowers to smell, and a beautiful iron fire pit to look at. Studies have shown that an open flame improves spirits and even acts as a social lubricant. Any summer night is enhanced with the warm glow of flames, dancing across the faces of your loved ones.
Pergolas and arches can be ornamental or functional. When using an arch for a functional purpose, you could add a swing or bench to create somewhere cozy to sit and enjoy your garden. A pergola can be useful as an overhead patio or deck covering and can be designed to add shade to an outdoor seating area.
Natural Shaped Bluestone: Building a patio out of this type of stone will result in an irregular paving pattern, which can be very attractive. The stones may be set in mortar or they may be dry laid. If dry laid, the joints can get quite wide due to the uneven edges of the stones, but can be filled with sand or a material that hardens over time. The edges of the patio are usually curvilinear or straight, but they can also be designed so that the outer stone edges become the patio edge.
Most of the time, they are not square. Look at a bluestone patio, and stand at one end and look at the lines of the joints. They should be straight and even. Yet because bluestone is not always cut properly at the quarry, the pieces are not exactly straight. If used as is, your joint lines will not be straight either.
In the Northeastern US, most suggest using at least a 4-6 inch base of crushed stone, and even up to 7 inches is recommended due to harsh winter weather. For brick pavers, this means that you'll need to dig to about 9\" depth, since the pavers are 2 inches in height. Since this is a lot of digging, it may be one of the primary reasons to hire a landscape company.
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