we'd like to extend the living space into the lawn, and just can't decide what types of pavers we want to use. the space in front of the tiered planter measures 12' across and we'd like to extend about 18' towards the back yard.
the upper patio is the old parking pad, thus concrete. it's been painted & we're currently pressure washing to remove the chipping paint. i'm thinking of staining it afterward. i tell you this because whatever we lay in the current grass area below will need to be cohesive with the upper patio and "flow" aesthetically.
|from the original listing photo|
at the edge of the house, the backyard opens up like this:
- provide extra seating/entertaining space for 2 club chairs, 1 chaise, and a side table (plus the bench). we've already bought the furniture.
- help with water run-off into the basement
- be a clean design
- use inexpensive materials that will live up to full afternoon sun elements & all-season weather (i knew folks once who used some fancy slate in their outdoor walkways THAT COULD NOT GET WET WITHOUT DISCOLORING. luckily, they had a staff who would literally wipe it down anytime it rained. did i mention this was on the gulf coast, ocean front? beautiful, yes. sensible, not so much.) i don't have a wipe-down staff, so this is not an option.
here are some ideas we like...
i like the larger square pavers, at least 20" square. i'm thinking of a tighter pattern nearest the bench, slowly expanding as the lawn opens up.
are we nuts to want grass between the pavers? is that a maintenance nightmare? anyone have any experience with this?
do you like tighter spaces, or larger spaces between the pavers?
also, what should we grow between the pavers? i've heard dwarf mondo grass as used here, but it seems kinda bushy.
or blue star creeper like this, which according to the Pike's Nursery sales flyer "spreads to form a low, dense mat. Tiny sky blue flowers emerge in late spring and last until early fall." that sounds nice, right?
or this scotch moss as suggested when i used the handy tool at stepables.com
or this miniature brass button groundcover from stepables.com?
decisions, decisions, decisions.
we need to figure out the pattern AND the materials, so all input very very very welcomed.