A flagstone patio is versatile. The design used can be formal or informal. Flagstone works over concrete slabs or laid directly on existing stable soils. Flagstones are either irregularly shaped for crazy paving or pre-cut usually in squares or rectangles.
Squares are more expensive than un-cut pieces. If you are working with a patio restricted to a small area with firm fixed boundaries, pre-cut stones may be worth the expense to skip a headache some people get trying to fit random shapes in small spaces.
Planning a pattern with pre-cut squares is like setting-up any tile job. Draw the patio area to scale. Find out what size pre-cut stones your supplier carries. Decide what kind of spacing you want between stones. You may want a more significant gap between stones if you are planning to plant grass or a creeper in the gaps rather than just filling in with sand. Determine how many cut squares you need and ask the supplier to cut any partial stones. Edging with timbers or bricks provides a clean transition from the patio to lawn or garden. Edging also provides a clean transition between slightly different grades.
The first design that most people use is called the ridged and spread out design. This design is used for a pathway that has multiple spaces in between the flagstone. By placing a few pieces here and there, you will have what looks like steps or stepping stones for a path. This looks great for people that live by a lake and can incorporate this with going down to the lake or boathouse.
The next design is very creative, and it involves buying multiple colors of flagstone. Place a different piece of flagstone next to each other but make sure that they are not the same color. As a result, you will have a patio that looks like nothing of its kind. It will stand out from the rest of the house and people will surely be amazed.
The third design that can be used when building a patio is the old school design. This design is used when you would like to have the same color throughout the entire path or patio. Just place all of the flagstone pieces together to make one uniform looking structure. This will make everything come together, and it will look amazing.
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Designing crazy paving patios can be a little trickier. The ideal use of irregular stones is as a path or free-form patio. The free-form patio will eliminate the need to cut straight edges on outer stones to fit within rigid boundaries.
For a crazy paving patio, first lay out your general boundaries. An oval works well as a general shape since it is easily approximated with somewhat irregularly shaped stones. Take the measurements and sketch to bring with you to the supplier. If possible, pick your stones. This will help assure they will fit and give you an idea of how many you need. The supplier can help estimate what you need based on your sketch. However, if you don?t pick the pieces yourself, you may end up with all small pieces or an uneven mix that will be difficult to place in a pleasing pattern. You may also need to do more cutting if you purchase a pallet.
If your patio area is large? Say bigger than 4 feet by 6 feet? You may want to get half the stones you think you need. Take them home and lay them out. Measure the area remaining and figure out about what size pieces you want to fill the rest of the area.