The beauty and function of large-format slab pavers

Posted May 24, 2018 in Landscape Design, Patio and Walkway

Do you like the thought of a paver patio, but you just don’t care for the usual small size of the stones?  That’s ok; smaller pavers and paver patterns are not everyone’s cup of tea.  For homeowners who like the durability and function of a paver patio but crave a different aesthetic, there are other options out there ready to win their way into your good graces.  Large-format slab pavers may not be a hot and overwhelming nation-wide craze, but they certainly are requested often here in the MasterPLAN office, and we are more than happy to incorporate these specific sizes into our landscape designs.  For those not familiar with the types and benefits of large-format slabs, let’s explore…


While not affiliated with Techo-Bloc in any way, we at MasterPLAN appreciate and design with their materials often.  Perfecting its products reaction to the freeze/thaw cycles of our northeast winter, ability to handle direct sunlight and moisture while offering slip resistance around the swimming pool and integrating color throughout their materials are just a few benefits of the line.  Offering a full range of products, Techo-Bloc offers aesthetic and reliable large-format slab options to be used in all outdoor applications.  A few of our favorites include:

Blu 60 with grande slabs:  This slab paver comes in 3 standard sizes, perfect to create your own large-scale patio pattern.  Mixing in the largest grande size pavers into the pattern creates the ultimate clean, smooth and elegant look fit for the contemporary or more modern backyard feel.  Available in slate, smooth, polished and HD2 colors and textures, you are sure to find the right combination for your outdoor living space.

Travertina Raw:  This large-format slab paver mimics the look of natural travertine without the threat of cold-weather vulnerability.  Offered in Ivory, Rock Garden Brown or Riviera, these sophisticated color choices will compliment any home’s architecture.  For those who like the look of travertine without the worry of fragility, this paver offers a large, clean and luxurious aesthetic to any outdoor space.

Para HD:  This paver has an extremely smooth and tight texture, making its pores nearly visible.  Exuding a contemporary feeling in its outdoor living spaces, this paver is very versatile in design and installation.  Offering three sizes packaged and sold separately, allows designers and homeowners to create and reflect their own personal style in the hardscape.

Ocean Grande:  Inspired by the veins left behind on sandy ocean shores, this large-format slab paver seems to be a love it or leave it with homeowners.  This product is known for its high-definition texture and lighter color palette offers slip resistance around the swimming pool and a cooler feeling for bare feet in the summer.  So, if you care to mimic a sandy beach poolside in the backyard, we definitely have a paver for that!


As hinted above, large-format slab pavers offer a clean, elegantly classic yet eternal aesthetic to the outdoor living space.  Unlike the average smaller scale pavers, large slabs do not tend to compete for attention.  Small-paver patios can sometimes distract the eye from outdoor features or furniture with its sea of paver joints, but larger slab pavers are simplistic, uncomplicated and allow the space to speak for itself without coming off as “busy”.

The sophisticated scale of the pavers also equates to less maintenance down the road for the homeowner.  As opposed to concrete slab or stamped concrete patios that may crack over time and need to be replaced, paver patios contain polymeric sand between the joints, allowing any damage to be spot repaired as needed.  Also, the combination of fewer paver joints and the polymeric sand installation inhibits the growth of weeds and grasses for a low maintenance sustainability.

While the classic style of smaller pavers will always hold a strong following, larger-format pavers are growing in popularity, however all of this just equals more options for the homeowner!  Being able to assess your home’s architecture and your desires for your outdoor living space will give your designer a solid direction for your hardscape.  Your patio is the foundation for your outdoor living space, so no matter what size, style, material, color or texture you agree upon, make sure you absolutely love it and take your time to find an outdoor living firm to perform a proper installation.

For those living in the Poconos, Lehigh Valley through the Main Line of Philadelphia and western New Jersey, MasterPLAN Outdoor Living would love to be the outdoor living design/build firm to help you uncover the full potential of your property!  Being able to explore all materials, features and options for your outdoor living space is the beauty of our process, and we guarantee your backyard transformation will perfectly suit your family and your lifestyle!  There are many backyards, but this one is yours; let’s build a partnership and explore its possibilities.  When you are ready to open a conversation about turning your outdoor living dreams into your reality, reach out to MasterPLAN; we would love to hear from you!

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