One landscape project that most homeowners feel comfortable tackling themselves is installing pavers. Round concrete pavers are a popular option and they work great for making a path to the garden or as a simple sidewalk to the shed. But round pavers can be used for much more than a basic walkway. They can be used to create an actual patio as well. Here are a few suggestions for your consideration when designing a patio with round pavers.
This is the most commonly used pattern for round patio pavers, simply because they fit together so nicely. Begin by placing a round patio paver in the center of your design. Use a series of rounded -- not round -- patio pavers to follow the circular pattern of the round paver. You'll have a small space around the wedge-shaped stones, but they can easily be filled in using basic paver sand. Once you've laid a few rows of circular pavers around the center round paver, you can easily incorporate other paver patterns like herring bone or basket weave to complete the patio.
One of the most difficult patio paver patterns to create, the European fan pattern is a simple bordered arch that looks great when applied to driveways, patios, and sidewalks. By adding a few round pavers to accent the European fan pattern, you'll be able to enhance the design greatly and use up your old round pavers with ease. Some paver supply companies have European paver kits that make this tough-to-install pattern quite simple. In some cases, cutting the round pavers in half using a wet tile saw can work perfectly with other wedge-shaped pavers.
Rounded running bond
This paver pattern is easy to install using rectangular or square pavers and works just as well for round or circular pavers too. Running bond paver patterns alternate each row of pavers so that the breaks between the pavers end up in the middle of the next row. This pattern can easily be created using round pavers by stacking them side by side. There will be a significant gap between the round pavers, so you'll definitely need to fill it in with smaller pavers or plenty of crushed gravel. Sand won't work here as the gaps between the pavers will be too large to maintain and the sand will wash away. This patio pictured uses small squares to break up the space between the round pavers.
Eric Brennan is a second-generation master carpenter with over 20 years of service in the construction industry. He is the owner of Construct101, co-owner of Citrus Rescreens, and subcontractor for numerous Central Florida construction firms.