The choice of concrete or natural stone pavers for a Newport Coast, CA, home’s hardscape is an important design decision. In conjunction with this is the more overlooked decision of what arrangement the pavers will feature. While conventional laying patterns such as herringbone, basketweave and running bond are very common, choosing a more interesting laying pattern can really bring out the best in the design.
A circular laying pattern is ideal for a central feature such as patios and driveways, and works equally well in both traditional and modern landscapes. You can have the symmetry and conformity of the circular shape while using the round shape to offset the straight lines in your design. However, a circular laying pattern involves a different construction approach than the more common laying patterns. It often requires specific wedge shaped pavers or on-site cutting and the expertise to lay them down in a neat circle. Jointing compounds are also of more importance as the gaps between pavers are generally more pronounced, making an experienced contractor an invaluable asset for such a job.
European fan pattern
This traditional pattern works especially for large driveways. The pattern itself is more involved to lay out but the end results are worth the effort. The design usually works well with smaller paving stones such as cobblestones. Given the more intricate design, it does take more time to lay this pattern and often requires cutting and shaping stones, especially at the base of each fan. However, the freedom to work with different colors and textures, as well as the beauty of the pattern itself can transform any driveway into a visual event for the eyes.
Stepping away from the more curvaceous designs, the Dutch laying pattern is a classic favored for its simple yet elegant design. It requires pavers of three different sizes and shapes: a small square, a large square, and a rectangle for the ends of the design. The different shapes help to make the design look more involved while still being easy to implement with minimal shaping and cutting of stones. The design also has the advantage of working equally well in modern and traditional landscape design.
Similar to the Dutch pattern but utilizing rectangular pavers in each mosaic rather than just the edges, the Tudor pattern is a pleasing pattern with repeating patterns in all directions. The straight lines and high repetition makes it quite popular for traditional landscape design. However, the more complex mosaic does make it more challenging to lay, as bricks of different shapes are involved. Choosing the right shapes for the pattern is integral to its seamless execution, something any contractor worth their salt recognizes, especially for more involved laying patterns.
All these laying patterns can make your landscape design all the more aesthetically pleasing. Moreover, they all allow you to utilize different materials and colors with the patterns as well as mix and match patterns from element to element (such as a fan pattern driveway leading to a circular patch) to give your design an added dimension. Finally, you can use borders and accents to great effect in all of these to make every piece of masonry a visual feast.