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Patio Perfect

Whether you're dreaming up a brand new outdoor living space or you're thinking about revamping an existing one, planning ahead is essential to creating a patio that's both beautiful and functional.

Here are some things to consider when planning a patio:

Function - Decide whether your patio will be a gathering place or a getaway space. Are you going to throw a lot of parties outside, use it as a family space, or would you prefer a small, quiet, private patio just big enough for a couple of chairs and a table?

Size - It's common to underestimate how big your patio should be. There’s no rule of thumb as to size, so it’s important to consider how many people will normally congregate in the space. Design proportionately to the house, making the patio as wide as the house and as long as the house's height or matching it to the size of an indoor room.

Shape - Consider the shape; symmetrical to the house, asymmetrical (slightly askew to the house), or sweeping curves. Non-geometric patios provide visual interest even when you're not on the patio.

Materials -Choose building materials to complement the color and style of your house. Our landscaping team recommends using Eagle Bay pavers to create patios as they are available in a wide range of colors, textures and shapes, which are very durable.

Landscaping - Don’t forget to compliment your patio with the right landscaping. Before you begin, think about how you would like to incorporate your surroundings into your patio space. Greenery will soften hardscapes and add interest and dimension to your patio. If yard space is limited, simply use well-planned containers in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Think about extras - A fireplace or fire pit will provide evening appeal; a water feature will add ambiance and block noise from a busy street. And a well-placed trellis will provide shade from the hot afternoon sun and provide privacy.

Think of a patio as an extension of your house ~ have fun with the design and make it yours! If you would like help planning and installing your patio, our landscaping team can help. Check out our available Landscaping Services >>

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Paving the Way

Roasting marshmallows in your fire pit, enjoying a glass of wine on your patio, or simply relaxing with friends & family in your garden are all ways that you can enjoy your yard. Nowadays, the back yard has become an extension of the home and the popularity of using concrete pavers in landscapes continues to be on the rise. From patios, to walkways and even fire pits, it’s no wonder concrete pavers have become one of the top choices for all external paving needs. Today’s pavers offer the homeowner numerous benefits. Here are some of the reasons concrete pavers are so popular today:

Flexibility
In addition to walls, patios and walkways, pavers can be used for edging, entryways, driveways, poolside, in borders, tree rings, planters and more. Whatever your project requires and whatever your taste, pavers provide versatility in material, function, and design.

Limitless Design Possibilities

When it comes to design, the sky’s the limit. There is no end to the architectural style, shape, and pattern possibilities of concrete pavers. Their various shapes, textures, sizes and colors allow for variety of patterns. Pavers can replicate the look of stone, brick, tile or cobblestone. They are also available in vast assortment of colors, including chocolate brown, terracotta, sandy gold, rust, dusty grey, white pewter, and more. They can be used horizontally or vertically, straight or curved or combine multiple patterns to create a one-of-a-kind look.

Installation
Concrete pavers are relatively easy to install and most projects can be completed with a few tools. Tightly fitted, uniform pavers are placed over a sand bed and a compacted aggregate base. Because most are loose-laid (installed without mortar), installation is quick and most projects are ready for use as soon as the project is complete.

Durability & Strength
Three times stronger than poured concrete, pavers can withstand harsh weather conditions. Pavers move together with the earth below, so damage and cracking is far less frequent as compared to poured concrete. Additionally, stained or broken pavers can be easily replaced.

Low Maintenance
Pavers are easy to care for. With regular sweeping, occasional rinsing, and intermittent coating or sealing depending on the material, pavers will endure and remain strong for years to come. And, they're less likely to shift and crack in colder climates than a solid slab.

Safety
Non-slip pavers can be installed poolside, in walkways, patios or any other location in the landscape.

Permeable
Storm water will filter through rather than running off. This is a real benefit to homeowners living on or near waterways.

Investment
Hardscape features will not only add interest to your existing landscape but will increase the value of your home and can minimize softscape and turf areas that need to be maintained.

Learn more about our hardscape designs? HARDSCAPE DESIGNS >>

Join us at our year-round Virginia Beach location, 1144 Independence Blvd this Saturday August 11th at 10am, for a complimentary hardscape workshop and design seminar. Workshop features the NEW Essex stone along with tips on how you can bring a whole new look of elegance to your outdoor space. Whether it's a new patio, walkway or garden path, the irregular shape and slate-like texture of Essex stone lends the feel of a natural stone inlay. Free admission.

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