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Along with increased privacy comes a feeling of enclosure and shelter, which may result in a space that is intimate but may be somewhat limited functionally. If this is not what you want for your entire patio, you can always make some parts private while leaving others open. Another option is to build a small private retreat away from the main patio. Whatever the design, a private patio should be personal and comfortable, particularly for those who will spend the most time there. Urban patios often rely on tall fences or walls for much-needed privacy.

While most clay bricks only come in standard rectangular units, concrete pavers are available in a wide range of sizes and shapes, including small and large rectangles and squares, various interlocking designs, and trapezoidal shapes used for circular and fan patterns. Concrete pavers can be manufactured with different textures and edge treatments that can greatly alter their appearance. Among the most popular styles are “tumbled” pavers that have softened, randomly chipped edges, giving the paving an age-worn look.

The gravel is an essential element of patio construction: like your house’s foundation, it creates a flat, stable base for building upon; and it protects the surface material by providing drainage underneath to minimize shifting and settling caused by seasonal freeze-thaw cycles. There are a few matters to take care of before you begin the layout and surface prep work. The first is to determine the thickness of each layer of the patio construction. This includes the thicknesses of the surface material, the sand bed (if required), and the gravel subbase.

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