Green LakeContemporary Patio, Seattle
Backyard fire pit. Taken by Lara Swimmer.
Landscape Design by ModernBackyard
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Material specifications. Precast concrete pavers are available in a wide range of styles, and it’s helpful to know what the material specifications mean in order to choose the right product for your project.Thickness: Pavers for pedestrian areas should be at least 2 inches thick, and vehicular areas should use pavers that are 3 or more inches thick. Size and shape: Sizes range from 2- by 3-inch rectangles up to 36- by 24-inch pieces for residential products. Look at the patterns created by a field of pavers in addition to looking at the single paver shape.Color: Different colors are achieved in several ways. The concrete either is dyed using an additive that’s mixed into the concrete, or the surface of the precast paver has a colored finish applied. Hardness (measured in pounds per square inch, or psi): In the U.S., precast concrete pavers are cured to the standard 8,000 psi for the highest quality. Don’t use a product that does not meet this standard.Finish: Available finishes are similar to those for cast-in-place concrete. Sandblasted, grooved, textured and lightly polished are all available.Tip: Get product samples from the supplier and test them in sun and shade in your outdoor space prior to ordering.
Get creative with concrete slabs. For this modern patio, large square slabs of concrete define the seating area surrounding an outdoor fireplace. When you are designing with concrete, you can also leave sections open for plantings, trees or other garden features, creating a custom look that suits your space perfectly.Find a concrete pro that suits your style