Flagstone Patio with a creative difference
Building a flagstone patio is no easy task. But when you have the option to make it stand out and creatively different its tough to say no
As you know, if you have read my website, i’m all about being one of a kind. Sometimes i like to take that to the N’th degree. Why? partly to see how crazy-a-design i can make, but also to see what ideas and creative thinking i can come up with.
Being creative is fun but it also takes work, and its not for everyone.
Firstly i’m about to say that job i’m about to show isn’t my companies work. I created this in 2007 for someone else, and that’s where i got the bug, the bug to always make something better than the last creation.
That bug has kept me going for nearly fifteen years. looking at each and every design and trying to see how i can make it just that little bit better.
Sometimes its not always possible, but when it is, boy do i go for it. Whether its just a simple quartz stone cut in under a motion overhead lights, to make the path light up when you walk on it, or a stone bench in a flagstone wall to sit on whilst enjoying the rest of the landscaping…..whatever it takes.
In this landscape I was given a courtyard to design and some pallets of flagstone for a patio and left to it.
So I have a patio, joining to a walkway. Now the original design wasn’t fancy, just a bricks to the front door with the flagstone patio to the left of it.
Well, whilst that sounds very nice, to me it seemed, well, very everyday. And on top of that it was red and grey stones meeting with brown, cream and white flagstone . Firstly in my mind that doesn’t match, the two don’t blend together in any way at all.
But hey, it wasn’t my design and it wasn’t my place to change the flagstone. And it this point, most of the other hardscapes had been laid, driveway, walkways, back patios, all done. There really wasn’t any chance of changing those.
So, how could i tie-in red and dark gray with creams, white and browns? Well, i looked at the space i had to work with, and it wasn’t that big, 10″ by 12″ roughly, so what could i do in a small area to make this work and interesting at the same time
Then it occured to me….
How crazy would it be, if the brick and the flagstone were both fighting for the same location.
With that i started laying out the flagstone patio, cutting it in, but leaving a few areas vacant. Once i had laid the whole flagstone patio, I then went back to the entryway and paid attention to the pattern, taking a number of paving stones, i began to lay the pattern where the empty spots were.
With this laid out, i then decided to take it one step further and make it so that some of the pavers were cut to the flagstone shapes, and vice versa. In hindsight, it was a crazy amount of cutting involved, but the finished result i have to say was totally worth it.
Now the only thing left to do was join the two materials together to finish the flagstone patio. There was no way we could do a straight transition, it wasn’t going to give the look i was going for. It had to catch your eye as you walked towards the door, making you wonder what was going on.
It then came to me, if i cut a piece of flagstone into the brick walkway, you would see it on approach and think what is that? then you would be looking to see what was next….and see this artistic patio.
With all this created and laid out it was now time to cut it in and then a few days of leveling flagstone. Once the flagstone patio was leveled, then i had to go back through and carefully adjust the base where i had to lay in the pavers. Finally the flagstone patio was complete except concreting the edges and polymeric sanding the gaps.