Concrete pavers have been available for quite a while, and before we had them, we had bricks and stone. But pavers have been improving over the years. Innovation in paver manufacturing has created an abundance of shapes and textures which take pavers from the domain of DIY driveways, to the creative world of landscape design. Instead of the same four or five grey geometric shapes available since the 80’s. Now you can have pavers in various colours and shapes to match your project. They even emulate more expensive materials. And you can make your own pavers with a kit if you have the time and a little concrete experience.
- Around the pool: Putting in a pool can be a very expensive project. By the time you pay for all the pool infrastructure and the labour to make your basic pool you have likely spent way more money than you anticipated. But you can’t stop there. The last step is the landscaping. A lot of money can be spent here too, but at least in this phase, the engineering is all done. Concrete pavers can be a life saver at this point. Instead of getting a mason to create a flagstone perimeter, or the paving company to pour you some boring concrete. You can surround your pool with a clever and attractive design by being creative with geometry or faux rock patterned pavers.
- Secret Spot: If you have a large area to landscape, you might consider making a place for yourself out of the way behind some bushes or a rock feature. Maybe set up a chaise lounge and one for a friend. This could be a place to read or catch a few rays; away from distractions. In a place like this you want to keep the meadow like appeal. Naturally spacing round rock pavers and allowing moss to fill the voids between the pavers will help create a natural deck and give the feel of an untamed retreat.
- Combine pavers with rock: With the various geometric shapes available, A person with a good sense of design can take several rectangles of various sizes and create some beautiful abstract patterns. This approach is greatly improved with the addition of uniform and attractive gravel or even pebblecrete to fill in the voids. If you like you can make a variation on a Zen garden with paver pathways or invent your own design by adding a water feature or a rock garden. This will be more interesting than a lawn and it never needs mowing
- Outdoor living room: With the advent of high-end weather resistant furniture, outdoor living rooms are a thing now. This requires a little more thought and investment, but you can create the perfect surface with pavers designed to emulate tiles or ancient mosaics. Enjoying the outdoors at home is a great choice to avoid health issues.
There are hundreds of other projects that could make use of the creative potential of concrete pavers. They provide many options for durable and attractive materials, which are also flexible in their application as well as being inexpensive.