Paver Driveway— Los Gatos, CA
The Road to the Perfect Paving Stones Color
This new paving stone driveway is located on Vallecitos Way in Los Gatos, which is really close to Quito Road and HWY 9 in Los Gatos. After going back and forth between styles, we settled on the Belgard Dublin Cobble Stone. CALSTONE quarry stone was very close, primarily due to the fantastic colors - especially with the sequoia sandstone, which has an overall cool tone, but with a total of six colors. This color and type of paver was already used for the customer's patio a few years back and they wanted a paving stone style which was flush and less bumpy.
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Choosing Quarry Stone?
The CALSTONE quarry stone is a beautiful paving stone, but it does tend to be a little uneven with the texture and this leaves small differences throughout the surface. This does however, lend itself to a natural finish, whereas a perfectly flush paving stone would appear less natural.
These variations with the quarry stone left the owners in search of something different. Since they often play basketball on the driveway, the quarry stone was not a good match.
Belgard Dublin Cobble?
Settling on the antique-rustic look of the Belgard dubblin cobble colors was naturally the next decision to make. There was a toss up between the Victorian and Toacana. The Victorian is essentially a grey, charcoal, and tan mix and the Toscana is a brown, charcoal, gold, and purple-merlot color. The Toscana, although admired. was a little too gold for their liking. The Victorian, on the other hand, was a little too cool in tone.
Settling on the Perfect Paving Stone Color
The next day I brought out some more samples and this time I included the color Bella. The Bella on it's own is a pretty simple and low key color; tan and charcoal with a subtle hint of red throughout.
I used this particular stone for a paver stone driveway in Felton, which was nestled among the redwood tree and one could hardly tell it was there - a job well done in my eyes. That's exactly what my client was looking for. If I lived there, I would have picked the same color because as much as I like my work to make a statement, sometimes it's better to keep it less obvious and let mother nature make her statement. This to me; amongst the redwood trees is exactly what I would rather focus on and enjoy and letting the driveway just blend in with the surroundings. But I digress...
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Back to my point about this Los Gatos paving stone driveway. The Toscana was a little too much color for the home owners liking and the Victorian was a little too cold and lacking warmth. So, I introduced the Bella color and suggested a blend of both Victorian and Bella in a 50/50 mix with a nice double runner border around the perimeter and also a border with just the color Victorian to provide a subtle contrast between the mix in the middle.
These suggestions were a little adventurous for my clients, but in the end they took a giant leap of faith and trusted my judgment! Wow! The risk some people are willing to take. I'm just joking. I absolutely enjoy the design process - it keeps things interesting.
If you have a paving stone project in Los Gatos, a paving stone project in Saratoga or if you're in search of a paving stone contractor in the silicon valley, feel free to give us a call.
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