Modern PatioModern Patio, Melbourne
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Use Light ColorsPaving. Lighter-colored materials will not absorb as much heat as dark ones. Paving is one of the most important materials to consider for color because paving affects ambient air temperatures by either reflecting or retaining heat on the ground surface. The amount of heat reflected is measured on the Solar Reflectivity Index. Cool materials stay cool by reflecting heat instead of absorbing it and have a high SRI. For example, newly poured black asphalt has an SRI of less than 5, while white Portland cement has an SRI of 86 to 100. Paving materials with high SRI include travertine, marble, white granite and light concrete.Read more about 10 popular paving materials
Reconstituted StoneMade from concrete mixed with stone aggregates, reconstituted stone is a great way to get the look of natural stone without the price. It works very well when laid in a traditional stone pattern, as the Ashlar used here is; these Granite Range Vega pavers are made with reconstituted Australian black granite flecks within a light gray base. Pros: It’s cheaper than natural stone and available in a wide range of colors, and it comes in consistent thicknesses and textures. Cons: The pavers can fade (although the weathered look is often seen as a plus) and become marked.
Rational design creates functional space. Purely functional design, with no decoration or ornamentation other than the lines of the overall design, is not everyone’s choice. The spaces created reflect their use, and all is rational, with little leeway for imposing imported styles.Belgian landscape architect Jean Canneel-Claes, one of the early champions of functionalism, stressed the need for creating a seamless transition between inside and outside, and he put his ideas to work when building his own house, with wide windows and glass doors joining interior and exterior spaces. Similarly, expansive sliding glass doors link the garden with the house seen here, creating a wonderful outdoor recreation area.
Like it or lose it. Get a sense of what you like early on in the process so you can communicate it to your team. The styles you gravitate to can have ripple effects on your project. A modern home might require a different way of thinking about space than a traditional home, and that can affect how the rooms are laid out. Look at lots of photos or create a Houzz ideabook to share with your design team so everyone is on the same page from the beginning.