Hardscape Paver Patio and Wall Block
For this outdoor living project, we started with a concrete pad that we expanded. But we didn’t stop with the patio. Next was to install a built-in BBQ hard-lined to gas. We made the concrete more appealing by using Unilock hardscape pavers. The cooking and bar area was created using Lineo Dimensional Stone wall block. Kichler outdoor lighting was used to accent after dark.
The above-and-beyond for this paver patio project includes a gas line to the BBQ. No more refilling propane bottles. The seating bar was hardwired to add outlets. Electric in the bar area gives a place to charge a phone, or plug-in a crock pot.
Kansas has clay soils, and clay is temperamental when it comes to water. Seems somewhat Goldilocks-ish. There’s too little water, then there’s too much, but what about just right? Because of the clay soils, we only place outdoor living pavers on top of concrete. The concrete isn’t as thick as a concrete patio would be if it were alone. A paver patio is only as good as the base, and at the expense of the pavers, there’s no room for saving a buck. With concrete under as a base, the pavers won’t move.
A paver patio cost is the most expensive options for patios. In the order of least cost to most cost is; 1.) Broom-finish concrete, 2.) Stamped / colored concrete, 3.) Then paver patio.
A paver patio is most expensive because done proper, it requires more labor and more materials. Another direct factor related to cost is the paver chosen. Unilock is probably the most expensive domestic man-made paver. It is because of design and quality. Walking barefoot on a Unilock paver patio is exactly like walking on Cloud 9.