Two design elements are added to this bluestone patio. The result of using mixed hardscape materials in this way is a structure that is a little more interesting. It is bordered with large pieces of granite, and there is a large granite circle in the center of the patio.
These pieces of granite can be expensive and difficult to move around, but you could create the same effect using other masonry products, like paving bricks, concrete pavers, or granite cobblestones, to create a border or a center piece.
It's not just patios that can be spiced up by employing mixed hardscape materials. You can witness the same affect achieved in fences. For example, there is a wooden fence just off a bike path in Northampton, MA that has (appropriately) the rim of bicycle wheel (spokes included) inserted into it as ornamentation. A split-rail fence supported by stone, rather than wooden posts is another way to achieve a unique look.
Other examples of mixed hardscape materials you may encounter include a rough fieldstone wall studded with highly-polished mill stones. Granite inlays can look fantastic in brick walkways. Or to turn the tables somewhat, how about this brick inlay in a flagstone walkway? For a more informal path, garden stepping stones can be set into a bed of mulch.
These are just a few examples of the use of mixed hardscape materials. Be creative! Just importantly, get out there and see what other people are doing. A drive through the neighborhood or out into the country can inspire many an idea -- if you keep your eyes open!
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