combined brick and paver in hardscape design?

ribidibi(6)July 30, 2011

We're redoing our tiny (24'w x 26'deep) side yard. We have removed a deck that covered about 1/3 of the space and will be removing a 50' Norway maple (high roots) and replacing it with river birch (deep roots), and removing the old brick patio. Our landscape architect (and neighbor) has created a design that would allow us to reuse the brick and has added a 14' paver circle.

HOUSE here and on RIGHT SIDE------->


1. The photos were chopped off, so the circle is actually a complete circle, not as show above.

2. The brick will wrap around to the right side of the circle, with 1-1/2' of plantings by the fence, instead of as shown. By wrapping the brick around part of the circle, I think it will connect the two hardscapes better.

3. If we use pavers in the same color/tone as the bricks, it will look nice and make the yard feel cohesive.

4. Most importantly, we want a professional looking hardscape and don't want it to look cludged together.

Has anyone here used a combo of brick and pavers in a design where you can share a photo? Will it look better if we use all pavers? We're not going to go with all brick, for sure, but we're struggling over the brick+paver vs all paver question.

Any insights and/or photos most appreciated.

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Honestly, I think it really comes down to how do the two materials compare to each other visually? Do you have a pic? Also what will the long-term color of each be in about 5 years.

I suspect that a pre-fab kit of the circular pavers was selected, which is saving you $$ on the project, so be careful what you wish for!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2011 at 8:59AM
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thanks for the feedback, isabella. we are leaning toward doing the whole thing in pavers... your note about colors changing over time is a good one -- hadn't thought of that at all!


    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 8:31PM
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here's a plan i put together using the SmartDraw landscape tool -- broke my toe on Saturday and was bored and needed to keep my mind off the pain, so put this together over the weekend. it gives a little better view of what the final design is:

they don't have a circular paver tool, so i just used a gradient to give the idea of the circle. now, though, i'm concerned about color changes in the pavers -- the bricks are about 50 years old, so they are what they are. do pavers really fade?

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 8:54PM
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karinl(BC Z8)

We have one section of our yard where there are six different types of paver within a small area, due to some quirks in the layout. None of them is brick, but the circle is in a brick tone. The Roman pavers (large area, right forefront) are a brownish tone. How they go together might give you some perspective.

It won't surprise you to hear that I think you will be fine with the combination. The fact that the different colour will be making a different shape means that the difference will look deliberate, and designerish. It's actually a very clever solution for combining materials and differentiating areas.

And yes, everything fades and is subject to other colour-changing influences, from dirt brought down with the rain and leaves that fall and leave marks (this is when you remember that dyes are often made from leaves!) to sun bleaching. It's called "weathering," and everything does it!


    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 5:42PM
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Thanks so much for the picture -- that does help with the visualization. We're going to talk to our landscape architect again about it -- he may be able to bring us several color selections of pavers to look at in the yard itself to get a better idea.

Smiles... ribidibi

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 6:18PM
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My inlaws have a circle of granite in a brick patio. I like the contrasting colors and textures of the gray and red brick, so my tendency would be to do gray pavers with the red brick, using it to define the different patio areas.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2011 at 7:18AM
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Here I am, years later. with a photo of the patio. We did use the red brick and grayish pavers. We love the look. The best part is the grandkids playing with their wooden trains on a flat surface! Please excuse the messy table - playing dominoes, having breakfast on the patio and reading the paper.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 2:24PM
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it's not messy -- it's in use! and what else would you have done all that work for if not to improve the functionality and beauty? nice!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 3:18PM
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So nice to see the finished project. Looks like a well used area. :)

What us the smaller grey circle for in the red brick toward the lower right hand side? Decorative only? Looks like a nice touch to me .

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 7:48PM
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PKponder TX(7b)

The smaller 'medallion' caught my eye too! It makes a very nice accent.

That's quite a train rack there! It's great that you have the space for it.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 12:24AM
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They ended up with a different design pattern in front of the porch than is shown on the plan. If you look closely, you'll see the brickwork pattern with the smaller round medallion in the middle. It is centered on the porch and looks so nice. One other interesting thing they did for us -- we have an electrical outlet coming up from the center of the big medallion, so that we can use the electric griddle to make pancakes, etc., out on the patio in the summer for the grandkids (without any extension cords, etc.). Love it! The boys really enjoy playing outside on the patio. And we love sitting out the reading the Sunday paper and enjoying our coffee. So glad we were able to do this!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 9:17AM
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Thanks for the follow-up photo. It's always nice to see what folks end up with after asking here. It looks like a well-loved and easy to use space.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 11:45PM
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I think the 2 different colors and materials look great. It adds visual interest.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 8:47PM
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