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Mixing different decking materials for patio designs

Mixing different decking materials for patio designs adds a great deal of interest. Many home owners are surprised when I bring the suggestion. They are pleasantly surprised when I show them samples and pictures of completed projects with different decking materials for patio designs.

The most common plan of using different decking materials for patio designs is when they laid one as a border and the other as the field. Artistic Paver compliments well with Travertine Pavers for patio designs. The Artistic Paver can be laid in the field as a hop scotch pattern with 12 x 12 and 17 x 17 pavers. The border would be Travertine 6 x 12 pavers. The color difference does not need to be drastic. Just by having the two different textures can be enough to add some interest for patio designs. Also keep in mind that since the Travertine is a natural product, the inconsistencies in the product itself can be enough to give the interest we are looking for in patio designs.

That being said, I have at times called out for contrasting borders in patio designs using a darker color in the alternate material. This usually works best when working in a larger area. Using larger sized pavers for patio designs also seems to look better on larger projects. This means when laying a hop scotch pattern instead of using 12 x 12 and 17 x 17 pavers you can opt for a lager pattern of 17 x 17 and 24 x 24 in patio designs.

Another more dramatic look patio designs can be using 12 x 12 Cantera pavers or tile and 3 x 9 brick. The brick can be an engineered stone like a McNear product or fired product like a Pinto Paver.

The way I see using these two complimenting products for patio designs is having the Cantera as a walkway leading to the engineered stone laid in a herringbone pattern. Depending on what else is involved in the project the Cantera and be reintroduced as the cap of a seat wall, the detail of a fireplace or water feature. I can also see using one of the complimenting products as a tile on the “C” pillars of a fence block wall for patio designs.

If you are using Pinto Pavers for patio designs as one of the complementing products they are thick enough to make a statement even when bing introduced on top of a six foot high wall.

When thinking of complementing products for patio designs, keep in mind what textures work well with each other and what colors seen to blend well with one another for patio designs. One dilemma for patio designs is that can easily arise when worrying with different mediums is products with different thicknesses. It will make for a much less stressful project if the complementing products for patio designs are the same thickness or at least close in thickness.

Another way to use a complimenting decking material for patio designs other than as a border is to use them in field. Think of this the same way a carpet is placed on a floor. The different is that the complimenting decking material is imbedded in the field. I have called out for the complimenting decking material for patio designs being laid as a rectangle, octagon and a circle in the decking field.

Yet another way of combing complimenting decking materials for patio designs is this. Envision a three piece paver pattern or a Versailles pattern as the field. Now think of just drawing shapes on top of the field pattern, rectangles, squares and or semi circles. The center of these shapes will be that of the field pattern for the patio designs. The shapes would most Lilly be the same ads what is being used as the border.   I hope this makes sense to you.

If you were using pavers for patio designs, although difficult to lay them when they are two different thicknesses, it still can be done fairly quickly by qualified laborers; different thickness on tile can be another story. I have never inflicted this on any installer as of yet. I imagine that you would need to build up the concrete that the thinner tile is to be laid on by floating a layer of concrete for the difference in depth.

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