I asked my good friend and all around great guy, Landscape Architect, Jack Tremblay if he might want to communicate some of his extensive knowledge regarding the right way to use bluestone on a landscape construction project. It turned out that he said yes! Check out Jack's do's and don'ts of bluestone installation. If you'd like to consult with Jack grab his contact info at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!
Bluestone is a very common paving material in the northeast. It is abundant, easy to fabricate and elegant in it's finished form. A Random rectangular pattern is the default look for most terraces. Out of all the intricate patterns that can be created for bluestone random rectangular is one of the most economic . This is due to the fact that minimal cuts are required for installation.
That said, there is a right way and a wrong way to design a random rectangular bluestone pattern. Here are a few pointers.
- There should be a consistent flow to the pattern. Sizes of the pavers will range from 12" x 12" to 36" x 36". The random part of the design comes from using all the sizes in between.
- One size should not stand out in the overall layout.
- All bluestone units should have 90 degree corners and be square.
- Intersecting or 'crossroad' joints are unacceptable and should be avoided (see sketch).
- Never have more than four bluestone units on a running joint (see sketch).
- Broken or chipped pieces should not be considered
- Color is generally classified one of two ways. Variegate/full color or blue select or blue, blue. The first is the most common and has been available longer and generally is $.50 to $1.00 a square foot cheaper than blue select. It has a greater range of colors and can contain pieces that have a rust tint to them. Blue select does have a range of shaded to it, but the color is all blue.
- Keep stone cuts to a minimum. do not cut the square or rectangular form to make a unit fit...really. (See Picture)
Whether you are a professional or a homeowner I hope this information helps take the mystery out of a terrace pattern design.