No matter how much outdoor space your home has, there is usually an element of brick paving involved. Whether it is just a small garden path or a patio with pool-side paving, the warm climate of Perth means that we are spending more and more time outside in our gardens than ever before.
If you are looking to revamp your outdoor area with some new or refreshed brick paving, the type, size and colour of your brick should depend heavily on the size of home you own and the amount of outdoor space you have to work with. Below are some of our top brick paving tips, based on the size of the home and garden you have.
If you have a small home, perhaps a townhouse or a ground floor apartment, your outdoor space is at a premium. If you are lucky, you may have enough room for a BBQ and a large table. For smaller areas, it may only be enough room for a small table and a few pot plants.
When you only have a small area to work with, the type of brick you select is crucially important to the overall feel of your outdoor space. Some things to consider when paving a small area:
Choose light coloured bricks: With such a small space, selecting a light-coloured brick makes the area look bigger than it really is.
Avoid large pavers: Filling a small space with large bricks creates a smaller looking area. To maximise the area you have, select a small brick or paving stone.
If you live in a small free-standing home or a duplex, you have a bit more outdoor entertaining space to work with. You might have a small shed, a garden path or maybe a dedicated entertaining area that will involve paving in some way.
Additionally, there is your driveway to content with, and perhaps the other buildings that share your property. For buildings of this size, make sure you consider:
Complimenting your roof colour: With an ever-expanding range of colours available for bricks and rooves, why don’t you consider laying a brick colour that compliments that of your roof.
Blending in with your neighbours: If you live in a strata-managed complex, you may not get a choice on the colour bricks you choose. However, if you live in a duplex or on a small block, look at what your neighbours are doing and consider selecting complimentary colours to theirs.
Mix it up with a different style of brick laying pattern: There are plenty of different ways to lay bricks to make them stand out, while still looking great in your courtyard! Some laying patterns to consider include running bond, basket weave, stack bond and herringbone.
Large Family Home
For owners of a large, family-sized home, you may have a large patio area, paving around the pool, or numerous paths throughout the garden. Having a larger area to work with opens up a variety of possibilities for you to choose from with your brick paving options and colours. If you own a large home, perhaps consider:
Adding a border or feature: With more space to work with, adding a feature pattern, inlay or border to your paving will set it apart from the rest. There are so many options to choose from that you will be spoilt for choice.
Selecting paving that doesn’t retain the heat: Most of us like to use our outdoor areas during the warmer summer months, where the heat isn’t too friendly to our feet, especially around the pool. If you spend a lot of time outdoors on the pavement, consider purchasing paving that do not retain the heat.
No matter the size of your garden or driveway, there are always suitable paving options to compliment the amount of space you have. Speak to the professionals at DJL Services about their brick paving options today.