Architecture and decoration

Modern paving stones – inspirations and design ideas

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Although it may seem that the times of paving stones are long gone, in recent years it appears in gardens again – in a modern version. Looking for some ideas for arrangements? Check it out!

Paving blocks are not only a way to obtain a smooth, uniform and durable surface of a driveway or a terrace. Over the last decade newer and newer types of paving blocks appear, especially diversified in terms of aesthetics – they can even have a decorative function. If you want to introduce elements of modern style into your garden, paving stones are a great solution!

Paving blocks – with or without a bevel?

Let’s start with the basics. Paving blocks are generally divided into those with a phase and those without a phase. Phase of paving blocks is the trimming of their edges – phaseless paving blocks have straight edges and those with phase are distinguished by their delicate trimming. The paving blocks with chamfer are less sensitive to mechanical damages and they can withstand more pressure – however it is necessary to provide space for joints when laying them

Phaseless paving blocks are distinguished by minimalistic aesthetics and that is why they are used mainly in designs of modern houses and the surroundings around them. It is worth remembering that their installation requires skill, so it is worth hiring a professional. They also bear loads less well, that is why they are not suitable for places where cars drive frequently. However, phaseless paving blocks look great on terraces and driveways. A product without a phase is also worth choosing when we plan to have a drive for wheelchairs.

Paving blocks – is it only made of concrete?

Of course not! Paving blocks can also be made of stone – most often they are typical “cobblestones”. Although they are characterized by considerable durability, they will not necessarily match modern arrangements

If you love industrial and modern atmosphere not only in your four walls, large concrete slabs with minimalistic shapes will be perfect for your garden. Rectangles or squares are a much more minimalistic solution than fancy shapes or arranged with small elements of rhombus and star-shaped mosaics. If you’re looking for a modern aesthetic, go for minimalism!

Concrete tiles that imitate wood are also available on the market. And as we all know, wood is universal and always works well – also in modern arrangements. Concrete tiles have the advantage over natural boards that they do not need to be impregnated. They are not exposed to pests and can withstand all weather conditions

How not to overdo it?

It is worth remembering that an excess of concrete in the garden restricts the natural flow of water into the soil. This in turn causes water to collect in puddles in one area of the garden and excessive drought in another

To prevent this, it is a good idea to leave gaps between concrete elements or to lay a driveway of openwork concrete slabs (through which rainwater can flow into the soil). Perhaps their aesthetics is not associated with minimalism and modernity, but such a solution will certainly preserve the natural balance in the garden

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