transport them. And a pallet full of pavers doesn't move easily. The construction crew used a skid steer with a Forklift blade. The pavers were manufactured by Pavestone, a Quikrete compa- ny. The Gillikins chose the compa- ny's Venetian series in the River Blend color tone. As described by Pavestone, "The Venetian series creates dramatic and dynamic interaction with sunlight through its cleft and chamferless surfaces, which evoke the timeless appeal of cut flagstone." These hand- some pavers are made of durable concrete with iron oxide pigments that won't fade with extended UV exposure. The joints and surfaces
are designed to create a natural look and minimize furniture wobble. Keep in mind that the brick pat- tern and patio shape will impact how many bricks will need to be cut. Although a curved patio has a less formal appearance than a square one, the rectangular pavers will need to be cut to follow the curve of the border. The choice of brick pattern can also minimize cutting. A basket weave pattern is ideal because full pavers can be used throughout a square or rectangular shaped patio. Using a running bond or 90- degree herringbone in rectangular areas will only require half-cuts. A wet saw (or a brick set) can be used to cut the pavers. This project used pavers of three different sizes. The pattern incorporated a seemingly random recurrence of large accent stones. The installers carefully level the pavers as they proceed, checking them left-to-right and front-to-back in order to keep the patio in the same plane, but maintain the con- sistent drainage slope. A rubber mallet can be used to set the pavers firmly in the base. The paver surface should be compacted when complete. EDGING The edges of a patio should be anchored in place to resist move- ment and retain the field pavers. The pavers should be recessed below grade with the surface just above ground level. In some This patio features Pavestone’s Venetian series in the River Blend color tone.
The choice of brick pattern can minimize cutting of the pavers.
A rubber mallet should be used to set the pavers into the base.
The fire pit was surrounded by the circular edge of the patio, which had to be cut at an arc.