Evangeline Espinoza. Patio. May 11th , 2017.
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.
Patterned Bluestone: This stone is rectilinear in shape. You may use stone that is all one size or it may be a combination of sizes. Stones that are 18'x18' or 24\"x24\" create attractive designs. The stone pattern may be laid perpendicular to the house, or it may be on a diagonal. This stone also may be wet laid or dry laid. If dry laid, try to keep the joints between 1/4\" and 3/8\" for a tighter fit. You have a little bit more flexibility in joint size if setting the stones in mortar.
Arches and pergolas which are made with lattice tops and sides can provide support for climbing plants and vines. You can plant a climber such as a trumpet vine or honeysuckle at the base to create a landscape with a beautiful focal point.
Metal fire pits come in a wide array of styles. Some have ultra-modern designs, with marble outlays and firm lines. Some use glass mosaics and copper to produce a vintage look. Either way, metal fire pits will add significant aesthetic value to your patio. They are composed of many different materials, including steel, copper, slate, glass and even granite. You will easily find a style that matches your current patio decor.
Commercial concrete patio design is an often overlooked area of innovation and beauty. While not all of the large businesses located in Kansas City have patio areas for employees or clients, many, especially hotels, do. Concrete patios are an essential area for many area hotels, as it gives the guests a place to settle in for quiet during their stay. Often, the landscaping works around the concrete patio area, and is usually practically maintenance free, which means it will not require a great deal of continual expense. Many colleges and hospitals are also adding patio areas for visitors as well.
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