It’s the time of year when parents drop off their kids at college, visit their alma mater or start taking a class at their local university.
What is it about college campuses that creates the serene mood and cultivates the sensation of being away from the harried pace of everyday life?
The answer might be right under your feet.
Take a walk on an American college or university campus and you’ll probably see acres of bricks and pavers under a canopy of stately old hardwoods. The classic American campus is an aesthetic standard of venerable beauty and contemplative serenity. What pulls it all together is that network of clean well-cultivated lawns and paths that make you feel like you’re somebody special.
Why not bring that home?
My Home Outdoors took a stroll around historic Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to show how you can bring home the classic collegiate look with a new patio that looks timeless and will last for centuries.
Salem College, founded in 1772, is the oldest all female institution in the Southeast. The campus adjoins the Old Salem historic district of Winston-Salem, a Moravian settlement whose citizens founded the college. It’s hard to tell when you leave Old Salem and enter the campus, because the 18th century cobblestones and buildings meld so well with modern brick and pavers.
A campus may be a cozy refuge, but there’s really no place like home. You can have the best of both worlds and create the kind of magical space that elevates your thinking.
With affordable landscaping using clay pavers you can extend your home’s living space with pathways and outdoor rooms for relaxing with the morning newspaper or entertaining guests into the night.
If you have a brick home, paver hardscapes around the yard can match your home’s façade like nothing else. And any home can increase its value and curb appeal with low-maintenance clay paver walkways, drives and patios.
Pavers give you a tidy, easy-to-clean floor outdoors that you can accessorize with outdoor furniture made more comfortable and cozy with throws, pillows and indoor accouterments.
As with interior design, exteriors built with clay pavers have a lot of color options. Depending on the season, you can have plenty of fun decorating your hardscapes with fabrics and ornaments, just like inside. In much of the United States, a patio can be enjoyed year-round. Add a fire pit and a crisp stack of comforters as temperatures gradually drop.
Just like college, it’s a smart investment that’s fun and rewarding.
Create cozy outdoor spaces that make you want to loll around and read a good classic novel. Lie back in your rocker and have a mid-summer night’s dream.
Or take a twilight walk down your own garden path to contemplate how good your life is in your amazing home outdoors.
In short, have the time of your life in your own backyard. And there will be no paper due on it Monday.
Take that nap you always wanted to take in school while you’re reading a book!
All pavers shown in this story are Pathway Full Range.