Extending Patio With Stone or Pavers

by Stevie
(Tx)



Do you have any pictures of a patio project that extends an existing 10x10 concrete slab using stone and or pavers?

ANSWER
I don't think I have any photos, but if you could send me a picture (just submit a new Question and upload a photo), I'd be happy to make some suggestions for you. Any of your thoughts and preferences would be helpful. If you don't have a picture of your existing patio, let me know what you are trying to fit on it, ie., why you want to extend it. I'd be happy to give you some ideas. The more info you can give me, the better!

Susan



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Concrete Patio Extention and Picture

concrete and brick patio

concrete and brick patio

I asked last week about extending my 10x10 concrete patio with pavers or stone (I prefer the stone look) and wanted to know if you had any photos of similar projects? You asked for a photo of my patio. I want to extend the current patio 3 to 4 feet on two sides and maybe a foot on the other. Would like to do the project myself. Any help with the shape of the patio or color of stone would be greatly appreciated.

ANSWER
I see from your photo (thanks for submitting) that you already have a paver or brick border surrounding the concrete, so I see a few options:

1. Remove the existing pavers and add stone. I like the simplicity of the concrete and one other paving material rather than just adding on to the pavers because it might be easier.

If your pavers are dry laid this will be easy. If they are set in concrete it will be more difficult to remove.

2. Use the same pavers that are existing at the patio perimeter and add on with the same pattern. It looks like it is the basket weave. This can be continued and it would look nice.

3. The third idea goes a bit against my thoughts in #1, but I think it is an interesting paving design idea. Leave the existing boder. Add the stone onto the paver edging and then add a final edging of the same pavers in the same pattern, or even just a single soldier course. This final edging could be laid length-wise or width-wise. So you will have concrete-pavers-stone-pavers. At least then, the design will be tied together.

As far as a stone choice, I would like bluestone, full range, dry laid. You can read about both of these suggestions and see examples here:

Bluestone

Since the amount of stone being added on is small, perhaps you could use 24" x 24" pieces or 18" x 24" pieces. The tricky part will be fitting them in nicely at the corners, so you will have to either use some smaller pieces to make it all fit, or else saw cut the stone.

If I can be of further help, just let me know.

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