Patio Paver Possibilities

Try saying that three times fast!  Here’s a post warning for you: this one’s long, and mostly about this:

So for those of you looking for goats, or boats, or hoodoos, or secret canyons, well–I’m sorry.  This here post is about patios.  With some garages, rot, and stones thrown in for good measure.

Yep, we haven’t even bought the Holy House (once we move in, I think it’ll lose that name, but since the church still technically owns it, that one’s sticking for now) and yet we’re already making decisions about redoing the patio.  If you remember from this post, then you know that we have a slight issue with our patio and garage.  That issue has caused this:

So what’s the problem?  Well, here’s a quick and dirty diagram that I drew up to explain:

See, the current patio is located directly behind the garage, but not on the same level as the garage.  Instead, it was designed as a straight walk-out, so it’s essentially sitting on a pile of dirt behind the garage.  The brick wall shown here is the back of the garage:

And the family room sliders open up right out to the patio:

Why is this important?  I’m getting there.  See, even though the current concrete slab patio is angled correctly away from the house, there’s still water that slides right down that brick wall that’s the back of the garage.  And since brick is not water-proof, when there’s lots of moisture sitting against a brick wall, then water will make it through that barrier, and over the years (in this case 49 years) it will eventually cause the wood wall to rot out.  And that’s how this happened:

So basically it was a little design flaw back in 1962 that we now need to fix.  Why?  Well, that wall of the garage is a structural wall.  It holds up the second floor.  And we don’t want our second floor to become a first floor.  Get it?  Okay, good.

We have a contractor (Steve–the same one who actually came to the inspection and found the problem) who’s going to start on rebuilding the wall (just the inside–the bricks on the outside stay put) and tearing out the old patio.  Our new plan is to dig the patio down to ground level so that the underlying cause of the water damage doesn’t repeat itself.  And that finally brings me to the point of this post: we’re putting in a new patio!   So say goodbye to this:

Putting in a new patio, though, means that we have to pick out patio pavers.  No problem, right?  Well, not quite.  Did you know that there are approximately 12,834 types of patio pavers?  Yeah–that’s an exact number.  Cuz I counted ’em.  In my free time.

Okay, not quite.  But there are a lot of options.  And I knew that the actual paver store would be an overwhelming place to start, so I decided I should at least narrow down what I thought I wanted.  And when looking for design inspiration, what’s my go-to?  Pinterest of course.  Upon poking around, I found that I was drawn to these:

Clearly, I found myself drawn to large pavers, clean lines, and square slash rectangular shapes.  I also thought that it would work well with our new home.  One could argue that with all the brick, we should maybe go with a softer patio shape and maybe try to make it curved, but the Mr. and I are both drawn to a more modern look and so straight lines appeal to us.  What can we say?  We’re sort of straight-shooters (hardy-har-har.  I know it’s a lame joke, but that’s how I’m rolling these days.  Deal).

But, of course, that’s just my personal preference–there are definitely lots of other styles of patios out there that look amazing.  We actually got to see our friends’ new patio (that they practically did themselves!) and it’s AWESOME:

Braden and Amber's Patio

(What you can’t see in that top picture is their pool–again, totally amazing.  If only we had that much room in our backyard!)

So are you starting to see my dilemma?  There are clearly a ton of great options out there.  But, now that we were armed with a sense of at least the direction we were heading, we decided to actually head somewhere.  To Weckesser Brick in Rochester.  They had a great outdoor display showcasing a ton of the 12,834 paver options:

After spending about 40 minutes poking around both inside and out, I finally decided that I did indeed like the larger pavers (I know, I know–I supposedly had already decided that, but like I said–there are a lot of things that look really good, so I like to weigh all the options).  Anyways, in the end, I liked these best:

Those there are the Hanson Abruzzo Stone Tiles in Caramel Ferrous in a 3-tile herringbone pattern.  The largest square is ~24″ wide to give you a sense of the scale.  And this image brings up another point: not only do you have to decide on what size pavers you want, but you also have to pick the colors and the pattern!  Again–lots of decisions.  Can you blame me for having a tough time with this?!  I wasn’t entirely sold on the Caramel Ferrous color, or the pattern, but at least I had narrowed down the pavers choice, right?  I tried to convince the Mr. that we were making progress, but I’m not sure if he was buying what I was selling.

Upon going to Weckesser Brick, we also discovered that we liked the idea of a wall.  We both thought it was a great way to automatically have seating in the patio, as well as create at least some sort of break between the patio and parts of the backyard.  So we decided we should add a wall to our new patio plan.  Of course, that meant we had to pick out wall pavers.  Oh boy.  Again, there were a TON of options:

From that last pic, I think you can tell which one we decided on . . . that’s the Hanson Antique Kassel Wall in Walnut Blend.  The Mr. liked that it looked like a castle wall (that was even before he knew its name), and I liked the simple geometric pattern.  Plus, it was already next to the larger pavers that we had chosen and they looked good together–yet another selling point for us.  We also liked that the top pieces were 14″ deep, which allowed for a larger seat than the other walls which were all only 12″ deep.

So now that we had the tiles picked out and the wall pavers, it was time to pick the color.  Of course, there was no way for me to do that without actually taking samples to the house.  So guess what we did?

We got samples.  We took them to the house.  See how that foreshadowing worked out?  Thrilling, I know.  But, since this post is already over 1,200 words, we’re going to save the actual picking of the colors for the next post.  So stay tuned . . . I know, I know–you’re on the edge of your seats.

Anyone else have the same dilemmas when redoing a patio?  Were you as shocked as I was by the 12,834 options?

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