When I saw this picture online, I immediately knew that I wanted to create some sort of backyard entertaining space using brick pavers like this. We don't have a large pool in our backyard but we do have a small spa and neighboring deck that is currently just made of your typical grey stone landscape pavers. I really like how this designer combined the brick look alongside your more traditional patio material. It makes it so much more versatile and gives homeowners like me who do not want to tear up their entire landscape, an opportunity to add a brick paver patio alongside existing structures without making it look "off." First, I am going to border our existing patio with brick like they did around the spa.
When we were designing our curbside landscaping, I really wanted to utilize brick pavers to create a charming country style look without the price and hassle of traditional brick masonry. Before we got started we already had these pairs of beautiful posts at the entrance to the home and property, so we used that as a starting point for where we would lay the new landscaping bricks. In order to create the grand entrance that I had envisioned, we laid the pavers in a straight pathway all the way to the front door of the home. The classic herringbone pattern of the patio pavers brought in that traditional feel that I wanted, and the simple linear border draws the eyes all the way to the door.
Believe it or not my son and I just built this patio ourselves using brick pavers we found at Home Depot. He is a contractor so he has a more experience in brick flooring than I do, but we both still felt that this project was easier than anticipated. The first thing we did was level out the area that we knew we would be adding the patio. We already had a cement slab and step underneath, so we just needed to add the brick on top for decor. My wife had looked all over for small patio ideas that featured brick pavers so that we would have a starting point for our design. Our inspiration photos all shared the same traditional style and all mixed brick and cement materials for an interesting patterned look.
I have been told for years that brick pavers are the way to go if you want a fairly simple way to DIY a patio out back. When my wife and I decided to spring for a brick patio to use as an outdoor entertaining space last summer, that was the first material I thought about using. The exterior of our colonial style home is a gorgeous rich red color, so I was concerned that I would not be able to match the shade of the pavers with the siding. I was surprised to see that their is a large shade range if you go to the right store (I went to a building materials place) and they come in a bunch of different sizes so that you can create those cool designs you see in most of the higher end paver patio ideas.
Can you believe that this stunning pool deck and backyard entertaining area is actually made entirely of pretty inexpensive brick pavers. I always thought that creating a design like this from paving stones would be a super expensive and arduous task, but it really wasn't. Of course, I did not take on a project as intricate as this on my own. I had my buddy who is a professional landscaper with some experience in installing backyard pavers help me come up with and install this design. A project of this scale and intricacy, requires a lot of attention to detail for sure but overall it was much easier than I thought. If you had a more simplistic layout or small square footage, landscaping with paving stones like this would be a great way to revamp your backyard in a weekend.
I love how this homeowner used brick pavers as a charming walkway leading up to their front door because, not only does it provide great curb appeal, but it seems so much more durable than your typical cement sidewalks. I have seen patio blocks at Lowe's and Home Depot tons of times, but had never really considered using them in the front of our home like this. Now that I have seen this design, I am wondering why I had never considered it before. Brick walkway pavers would be a fairly simple and inexpensive material to work with for an advanced DIYer like myself as long as I did some research and laid out my pattern in advance. I already have my inspiration design, so I am excited to get started on this project this spring!