With the warm months of spring and summer coming soon, now is the ideal time to start considering how to prepare your yard for entertaining family and friends. Nothing makes a patio more welcoming than the addition of a beautiful hardscape — and there are plenty of options to choose from. What design may be best for you? Well, there are quite a few things to consider.
Types of Materials
When most homeowners think of hardscapes, the first images that come to mind are usually decorative designs or sculpture work. But before you can reach that stage, there are the basics of laying the literal groundwork for where those beautiful yard flourishes will be constructed. Depending upon the size of your yard and patio, you’ll want to weigh the benefits of poured concrete, natural stone masonry, a manufactured paving stone, or traditional brick. Although all hardscape options can provide a gorgeous outdoor extension to your home, you’ll want to consider which is best for you. While concrete is usually the most economical and durable choice, you’ll most likely want a coloring agent to add some flair to the natural gray — and most color agents will need retouching after a few years. Natural stone will usually provide the most elegant look, but will also be the most costly and longest option to install. Brick provides a timeless clean look but requires regular maintenance. Due to its effortless customization, manufactured paving stones may prove the best of both worlds — relatively inexpensive and with a touch of elegance.
The most versatile hardscape style you can choose is the functional form, an addition you can enjoy regardless of whether or not you chose to lay down a full groundwork. Adding a fire pit or outdoor kitchen can be suited to nearly any patio and the styles and options are near-limitless. Best of all, you’ll be able to entertain family and friends year-round, since both fire pits and kitchens can be weatherized for the colder months. While both require their own forms of maintenance, the uniqueness and functionality of adding a functional hardscape to your patio is always worth the effort and investment.
Evergreen Gene’s Will Get You Started
Want to learn more about the benefits of hardscaping for your Pasadena home? Visit Evergreen Gene’s at our location on Crain Highway. Can’t make it out but still have a question? Not to worry; call us at 410.766.6877 or click here today. To stay up to date with all that is happening here at Evergreen Gene’s, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.