Driveways obviously should be designed to hold more than a patio.
There are certain types of stones that are recommended for vehicular traffic. The length of the stone should not be more than 3 times its thickness.
A 12-inch wide stone, then, would need to be 4 inches thick. Unfortunately, there are no stones that are 4 inches thick. This rule is often violated and it negates the manufacturer’s warranty.
Customer may elect to use a larger stone, but they need to know the liability in doing so.
Any kind of stone can be used for patios as it does not have to support a vehicle.
The new look is to use larger stones, as shown here.
There are several paving stone manufacturers in southern California, with a lot of varieties to choose from.
We work with all the different manufacturers to help the homeowner pick the best stone for their patio.
Pavers on pool decks can also be just about any kind, since there will be no vehicular traffic.
Pool decks should always have drains that are spaced no more than 25 or so feet apart. The reason for this is that it’s good to have a relatively flat area around the pool, which will be able to drain the water when it rains and from people getting in and out of the pool.
Garden walls (also called segmental walls) are not designed to retain a steep slope. Typically, they can be built 30 inches tall and retain a level planter behind them.
Building them higher can be done but will require special treatment and engineering.
Each segmental block is connected to the row above it with either a 3/8″ diameter fiber glass pin or with masonry adhesive. Once in place, the wall is finished and needs no stucco or veneer on its face.
There are at least a dozen different types of walls and each have their own look.
Steps & Coping
STEPS & COPING
Most pavers have a spacer on the side of the stone. The purpose of this is to allow room for the sand. These types of stones were not designed to view the edge like one would on the step or pool coping.
Years ago, there were no stones made to view from the side; however, today there are many different kinds of stones that can be used for steps, wall cap and pool coping.
Walkways and paths leading to or from a patio can continue the look of the patio, or can be designed to be a separate element.
The way the stones are set can give a completely different appearance.
Notice in one of the photos that stones are running parallel to the path and in another photo the stones make up a pattern themselves.
As you go through the photos, you can see different layouts. Each can be aesthetically pleasing and it comes down to personal preference.