Flagstone patio design
This flagstone patio in Culpeper, Virginia is made with squares and rectangles of Pennsylvania flagstone. To make the surface as smooth and even as possible (it’s part of a winery landscape design, after all) we used what’s known as thermaled flagstone.
I used both irregular flagstone and random-pattern rectangular flagstone for this patio in Alexandria, Virginia. The border is made from 4”x4” granite cobblestone cubes set flush with the patio surface.
This flagstone pool deck in Fredericksburg Virginia is made of Pennsylvania flagstone laid on a concrete slab. The stone colors complement the granite wall stone on the water feature as well as the historic slate roofing. If you want to see more of this project you can check it out here.
A simple flagstone patio under a stone-columned pergola creates an intimate outdoor living space at this home in Culpeper VA. In fact, I have an entire page devoted to this Culpeper landscape design.
How do you take a a tight backyard and still make the patio feel spacious? Look at the detail we created with this Bethesda flagstone patio design. Curved borders are expertly cut into the pattern of squares and rectangles, helping to define individual spaces while still keeping everything on one level for safety and flexibility.
For this Vienna patio design, the client didn’t need a huge space. This flagstone patio sits immediately adjacent to a large deck. When I first saw the yard there was a massive yew hedge cutting off views of the beautiful water feature just beyond the hosta. Simply eliminating the hedge and grading everything flat changed the space. Oversized slabs of flagstone give the area a feeling of permanence, while gaps jammed full of dwarf Mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus ‘nana’) tie the patio to the lushly planted backyard. Simple, yet elegant.
These Arlington, VA flagstone landings punctuate a long run of timber steps that turned a nearly inaccessible backyard into an entertaining hub for the neighbors.
Paver patio design
This driveway in Culpeper is primarily gravel, with a paver parking pad. The home in the photo is an attached mother-in-law suite, so we wanted to create a hard surface at the front door for those who may have mobility issues.
Gravel patio design
We created this gravel patio for clients in Chevy Chase, MD. You’d never guess that this serene, wooded backyard was a stone’s throw from the Beltway, and our choice of a gravel patio helped maintain the natural feel. That gorgeous firepit you see is from firekettles.com.
Travertine patio design
The owners of Old House Vineyards approached me to create a space for outdoor functions on the shores of their farm pond. Walnut colored travertine marble pavers were the color inspiration with which I started, and an unusual plum-colored flagstone creates the border.
Front walks and other masonry features
For this brick home in Alexandria the owners wanted an unusual material – brick and flagstone just wouldn’t cut it. I designed the patio with Porcini tumbled travertine pavers with a Pennsylvania flagstone accent border under the shade structure.
With such a great looking Craftsman home in an historic Alexandria neighborhood, I wanted to use a unique stone that complemented the age of the home. Dark charcoal gray Westmoreland flagstone blends with the colors of the house and the pattern of the walk is a nod to historic landscape styles.
Homeowners looking for a more relaxed feel for their backyard opted for an irregular flagstone patio. To create a unique color palette, we used Tennessee variegated flagstone with a border of Canyon View flagstone.
How about a simple brick and flagstone front walk turned up to 11 with the addition of some low brick columns, and a curved step out to the lawn?
When I first started, someone asked me “do you ever do anything out of the ordinary, or is it all the usual stuff I see?” That question would make me laugh out loud today. After all, I’d call fiberglass dummy bombs mounted on stone columns in front of a WW2-themed craft distillery “unusual.”
This paver driveway creates an elegant motor court for this custom home along the Potomac River.