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Techo-bloc Paver Patio and landscape design

Techo-bloc paver patio  projects require good landscape design.  What are the key elements for patio design ? What are the key elements for landscape design? Techo-bloc materials include many choices. So the first key element is a knowledge of the paver choices.  The design style will inform the paver choice.

Techo-bloc Paver Patio
Techo-bloc Paver Patio

Techo-bloc Paver Patio Chocies

The project pictures above uses the EVA paver with a Antika paver border. The EVA paver is a random rectangular pattern. It comes in a variety of blended colors. The Antika paver has a rustic cobblestone appearance. The Antika paver joints are large. A drawback can be weeds. So we use Antika sparingly. For a more contemporary design we would use Industria, Linea or Sleek paver styles.

Patio and Landscape Design

Design is the bread and butter of a success landscape project. Plenty of  hardscape companies have skilled craftsman. But very few landscape companies have skilled landscape designers. What makes a skilled landscape designer?  Part of the skill is innate talent and part is training.

The most skilled landscape designers have an ability to see the land holistically.  They perceive the spaces of the home and the landscape as one unified space.  This means the designer can understand the flow of activity and uses throughout a property. It is a skill of seeing the big picture. An understanding of how all the parts fit together. This is a way of thinking developed since youth. It is very hard to train this skill.

Landscape designers are choreographers. They design flow of movement through spaces. Design is a dance. Patios are a dance floor. And the dances can be cooking, eating, and entertaining.  A good landscape designer knows how to build a good dance floor that works smoothly.

The best landscape designers are typically trained in Landscape Architecture. Look for a landscape architecture degree from an accredited university .  The degree is only a piece of the overall qualification. Who did they train with after college? Are they members of the American Society of Landscape Architects?  Have they won  landscape awards?

A good  landscape designer is artistic and creative. He thinks outside the box. She practices several art forms. Does your landscape architect also paint? Does she play an instrument?

Techo-bloc Paver Patio Design

First step in patio design is program. How do you plan to use the patio? Are you planning an outdoor kitchen? Or a small patio  sitting outside? Write out your entire program carefully. Have that for your landscape designer.

Do you have a Techo-bloc paver catalog?  You should go through it carefully. Highlight the products that catch your eye. Mark the project images that you like. Have that ready to show your hardscape contractor.  For Allentown Landscape Companies get your catalog at AB Stone. 

Think about all the options for patio location. Maybe it is best right by the back door. But you may also want the patio to be a destination.  We like to design the patio far enough from the home to feel like a separate space.  After all, you are going outside to get out of the house. We prefer to put some landscape plantings between the patio and the home. This creates the  ‘Outdoor Room’ character.

Is your patio area flat? If it is not, you may need steps and walls. This will add significant cost. But also adds dynamic character to the patio project. Walls and steps can allow for seating or for pots and urns.  Techo-bloc offers plenty of wall and step products that go with your pavers.

Landscape plantings make a patio a rich outdoor room.  Trees and shrubs create the boundaries of the space. Perennials provide color and textures.  Does your landscape designer know their plants?

Techo-bloc Paver Patio Allentown

Allentown hardscape companies tend to buy product from AB Stone. They have a good Techo-bloc paver patio display for homeowners. The patio displays show the range of paves styles and colors.  Meet your landscape designer there and make societies together.  Ask the staff at AB Stone about your hardscape contractor. Do they pay their bills on time? Do they have a good reputation with customers?