Patio Ideas - The Evolving Paver Patio


One of the qualities I favor in using pavers for your patio is the unique ability to add or expand your outdoor living space without any recognizable seams.  This is a huge asset for those of you who want to install your "Dream Patio" in stages.

The paver patio pictured in this post illustrates this ability perfectly.  It was designed and installed not just once, but 3 times to eventually evolve into this magnificent outdoor living space you see in these photos.

Phase #1:  The original patio design and installation was a small 12' x 10' paver patio between the grill station and the side entrance as well as a horseshoe shaped retaining wall.  Barely enough space for a small patio set and grill.


Phase #2:  The second patio design involved increasing the size of the original patio, altering the retaining wall as you see it with radial steps, adding the grill station and installing a portable fire pit area.


Phase #3:  And finally, the third patio design entailed installing a shed and adding two walkways, one to the shed and the other to the front of the house.


This paver patio illustrates some great patio ideas that provided this homeowner with a beautiful outdoor living space.  To start, the patio design for this paver patio has some nice curves and radial geometry to help soften the box shape of the home and flows very nicely with the landscape.

Secondly, the design incorporated what was important to the homeowner.  A grill station, seating wall (retaining wall) for overflow seating, a large outdoor dining area and a circular fire pit area for entertaining.

And last, the color blends chosen for this patio project compliments the home and shed.  The buff in the pavers as well as the seating wall and grill station blend nicely with the home and shed.  And mostly, the pavers really give this neutral colored outdoor living space a nice pop.

Patio Features:

  • Reading Rock Oxford Pavers
  • Harvest Blend Oxford Circle Kit
  • Classic Allan Block for Retaining/Seating Wall
  • Marbled Buff Radial Steps to Upper Yard
  • Allan Block Courtyard Grill Station, Champagne Blend

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