5 Reasons a New Patio Adds Value to Your Home

Is your home lacking a patio or is the one you have too small or in disrepair? A new patio can be a valuable addition to your home for many reasons. Here are five ways a new patio can add value to your home and make it more enjoyable for your family.

  1. Outdoor living space. Patios give you more room for relaxing and entertaining at your home. With a spacious patio, you add another “room” to your home as an outdoor living space for meals, parties and family time.
  2. Beauty. Choose natural stone or bricks to create a gorgeous hardscape for your yard. There are so many options in design to give your outdoor space a more elegant appearance.
  3. Cooking and dining options. If you love to grill or just eat outdoors during the beautiful weather, a patio gives you a perfect place for an outdoor dinging area or kitchen for your alfresco meals.
  4. Less dirt and mess. A patio right outside your back door keeps dirt and grass from being constantly tracked into your home by kids and pets, reducing the mess and cleaning needed.
  5. A desirable asset. If you decide to sell your home down the road, a beautiful patio can be a desirable asset. Most people prefer houses that have a usable outdoor space and it can make your home more attractive to potential buyers.

Don’t think of a new patio as an expense but as an investment into your home. The value it can add is well worth the cost, creating a more enjoyable and beautiful home. Talk to your local landscaper that offers patio installation to discuss the different options available to update your outdoor space this year.

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Lanier Yardscapes
58 Terero Trail
Newnan, GA 30263
(770) 337-5147

Making your Yard a more Usable Living Space

Everyone tries to make the most use of every square inch of their home.  They add seating and storage and upgrade to more quality materials in the kitchen and baths. But one area that is often neglected as a usable living space is the back yard. There are beautiful design choices that can make your backyard more than just a grassy field, but actual livable space that people want to spend time in.

Patio Space

Whether you have a large or small outdoor space, a simple stone patio looks amazing and keeps your indoor floors clean. Natural pavers or a poured patio gives a level area for tables or seating.

Lighting

Adding outdoor lighting can make your patio or yard space much more inviting. Landscape lights, sconces and stair lighting improve safety and usability of your yard at night.  Even simple string lights can add a dramatic effect and draw activity outside.

Water and Fire Elements

Adding natural elements such as water or fire can really amp up the feel of your yard. A water feature can be as big or small as you have room for, but the sound will mask the noise from a busy street and give a pleasant white noise to your outdoor time.  Fire adds a level of excitement to the conversation.  A simple fire pit or a fancy outdoor fireplace can bring drama to your yard.

Try adding some of these elements to your landscape to try to make the most out of your outdoor space.  Your local landscape professionals can help you decide what elements will work best for your yard.

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Landscape Innovations
215 Rebecca Ct
Fayetteville, GA 30215
(770) 616-3194

Prefab or Custom Outdoor Fireplace? Pros and Cons

Have you been wanting to add an outdoor fireplace to your patio? Not only do they help take the chill out of the night, they can add elegance and flickering light to your outdoor space. If you are ready to upgrade your patio with a new stone fireplace, you have two options – prefab or custom built. Here are some of the pros and cons of each option.

Prefab Fireplaces

There are companies that make prefab outdoor fireplaces that are ready to be installed on your patio. They look like a stone fireplace but are usually made with veneer on the outside to emulate natural stone. Pros and cons include:

  • Prefab fireplaces require much less time to install than a custom-built design. They can also come with perfected drafting to make it easier to maintain your fire.
  • With prefab, you have limited styles to choose from and you will need to make it fit into your design, not design it to fit your patio style.

Custom Outdoor Fireplaces

A stone fireplace is a stunning centerpiece for your outdoor space, especially when it is designed especially for you. Pros and cons of a custom-made stone fireplace include:

  • Your fireplace is built to your specifications and is made from natural, durable stone. You can have a unique fireplace that is like no other.
  • It will take more time to build your custom fireplace and it usually will cost more than a prefab option.

Either choice will still give you a lovely fireplace in your backyard to enjoy on those late evenings on the patio. Talk to your local hardscape landscapers to determine which option best suites your needs.

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Landscape Innovations
215 Rebecca Ct
Fayetteville, GA 30215
(770) 616-3194

Outdoor Fireplace Vs. Fire Pit

Are you planning on adding an outdoor fire feature to your patio or backyard? Sitting around an open flame is a great way to spend a cool evening with friends or family. The big question is whether an outdoor fireplace or an open fire pit would be better for your purposes. Here are some things to consider when deciding between the two.

Seating

Do you have large groups you entertain in your outdoor area? Seating is one thing to keep in mind. Do you want several people to be able to enjoy the fire at the same time? Then a fire pit is your best option. If you just want a cozy fire for a few people, then a fireplace is perfect.

Safety

Do you have small children or very few wind breaks on your property? Keep in mind that an open fire pit can have safety concerns. Wind can blow the flames and children must be carefully supervised around a fire pit. A fireplace can be a better when you want a shielded fire for safety reasons. Keep in mind that wind will also cause smoke with a fire pit, with fewer issues in a fireplace.

Focal Point or View

Do you want your fire feature the focal point of your outdoor space or do you already have a fantastic view? A fireplace can be a fantastic focal point. If you have a great view, a low fire pit allows you to enjoy the fire and the view at the same time.

Whichever you choose, make sure you find a reliable landscaper that offers hardscape design and installation to create your new fire feature. You want it to be functional while adding to the beauty of your outdoor space.

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Lanier Yardscapes
58 Terero Trail
Newnan, GA 30263
(770) 337-5147

5 Landscaping Features to Add to Your Wish List

If you love spending time in your outdoor space, you undoubtedly want to make it unique and beautiful. There are always ways to improve your landscaping aesthetically as well as functionally. As more people use their outdoor spaces as an extension of their home, there are features that can make this area more appealing. Here are five landscaping features to consider adding to your outdoor space wish list.

  1. Outdoor movie/TV area. Why stay indoors just because you want to watch the football game or have a movie you want to enjoy? Outdoor screens for TV and movies are becoming a popular addition to landscaping venues all over the country.
  2. Fire pit. If you don’t already have a fire pit or fireplace, add it to your wish list. There is nothing like sitting around a fire on a cool night to relax and unwind.
  3. Enhanced outdoor lighting. Use lighting to bring your landscaping alive at night. Strategic lighting can be used to create dramatic effects while keeping your outdoor area safe.
  4. Retaining walls. There are many uses for retaining walls to improve the function and beauty of your outdoor area. Tier a slope to extend your garden space or create ledges for additional seating around your patio or fire pit.
  5. Outdoor kitchen. Expand your grilling area into a fully functional outdoor kitchen. Include a sink, cabinets, stovetop and refrigerator to give you a complete cooking area for all your meals.

Make the most of your outdoor space by expanding the features each year. Add a few of these to your landscape design and call your local landscaper to begin planning your new additions.

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Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 649-0818

Choosing Your New Patio Material

You have decided it is time to renovate your patio. You want a larger outdoor space to enjoy time with friends and family. Now you need to decide what material you want to use to create your new patio. Budget, aesthetics and maintenance can all come into play while you make this decision. Here are three of the popular options for patios to help you determine which is best for your needs.

Concrete

An affordable option for creating a new patio is concrete. If budget is a concern, concrete can allow for a larger patio area for less money. There are new options for concrete to improve the aesthetics of your patio. Stamped concrete can create the look of pavers without the expense.

Brick

Want a classic look for your patio? Brick is classic and elegant, a beautiful way to pave your outdoor area. Combine your brick patio with an outdoor fireplace for late night entertainment.  Brick is easy to maintain and is durable. One benefit is that if your brick patio needs repair, the individual bricks can be replaced for inexpensive repairs.

Natural Stone

For natural beauty, nothing beats stone for paving a patio. Flagstone is one option that is commonly used to pave patios and other outdoor areas. Natural stone can last a lifetime, making it an excellent investment. In addition, natural stone is considered an upscale option that adds value to any home.

A new patio can increase the living area at your home and give you a beautiful place for entertaining outside. Talk to your local landscaper that offers patio construction to explore all the options available.

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Lanier Yardscape
58 Terero Trail
Newnan, GA 30263
(770) 337-5147

Choosing the Right Type of Patio for Your Home

Are you adding a patio to your backyard or renovating an existing outdoor space? Patios increase the entertainment area at your home, giving you a pleasant area to relax with the family or host gatherings. In most cases, adding a spacious patio will also increase the value of your home. But before you begin planning your patio design, you first need to decide what type of patio will be the best for your home. Here are three popular patio options that each have their own benefits.

Concrete

If budget is a concern, concrete patios are your best option. Although not as sophisticated or elegant as other options, concrete still provides a durable, solid surface for your patio furniture and outdoor cooking instruments that is easy to maintain.

Pavers

Want an elegant or intricate design for your patio? Pavers are an excellent material for any paved surface. There are many sizes, shapes and colors of pavers to choose from, giving you a wide array of design options. Pavers are also easy to maintain and repair – a chipped or cracked paver can be replaced without needing to repave the entire patio.

Flagstone

Natural stone is beautiful and unique, with the durability only stone can provide. Flagstone is perfect for patios due to the smooth, flat surface. Natural stone adds the most value to your home due to its high level of popularity and cost. Many people prefer the natural garden look that stone can provide for their patio area.

Talk to your local landscaper that offers patio design and installation for advice on the best type of patio for your home and budget. Whatever you choose, having a new patio is always a wonderful addition to any home.

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Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 360-5604

What to Include in Your Party Patio

Whatever the composition of your patio, a wood deck, natural stone, such as flagstone, fieldstone, or limestone, or a mix, it can be an introduction to your backyard, or your entire backyard depending on the space available.

A Hot Tub Is a Great Addition to Any Party Patio

Your guest will love to sit and chat in your hot tub. A hot tub is almost a necessity on a party patio! Your best design ideas will include intimacy and a setting that will provide shade, if that is your desire or an open setting that will give your guests access to the sun, with an all-weather rug and lounge chairs to stretch out and catch some raise from the sun.

You may want a six-seater fiberglass hot tub with jet massage or a more natural setting utilizing flagstone and boulders to create the image of an Asian hot spring and spa. It’s your patio, it’s your party, so let your design set the tone for your style. How about a pool/spa combination starting on the patio and pushing out into the backyard?

The patio or deck surrounding a pool/spa could include Coral stone. This unique material is a strong, weathered stone that has naturally survived many extremes of climate and ocean water. Even without treatment Coral stone can take abundant foot traffic and pool chemicals in stride. It will provide a non-slip surface around your pool/spa area and its light color naturally reflects the sun’s heat.

Design and Build your very own Outdoor Kitchen

To me, the best way to accomplish this is to start with the island structure at the center and build out. Of course, this may depend on what amenities you are considering building into this outdoor kitchen, such as an outdoor refrigerator, which is very convenient, a rinse sink, gas grill, rotisserie, and/or smoker. Be sure to consult and hire an electrician and a plumber. Which amenities you install will depend on your budget and how much space is available on your patio or immediately adjacent that may be used for the project. A massive stone fireplace at the very end of your patio area could very well spark envy in your guest, so be careful with that.

Additionally, you could build bench type seating into the railing or as part of the island structure, if used.

A Rock Pizza Oven

A rock pizza oven is the perfect addition to any party patio. First of all, who doesn’t love homemade pizza? There’s nothing like getting the family together and making the perfect homemade pizza on a Friday night. Imagine all the kids fighting over what topping to choose. Enjoy your new Rock Pizza Oven and enjoy time with your family.

After you have come to a full understanding of your communities’ building permit and zoning requirements, developed your plans, and selected the materials for your rock pizza oven, it is time to get it built. Consult the appropriate building and landscaping professionals you need, get several estimates for your project, if you’re not considering a do-it-yourself project, and then ask around about the reliability of any contractors you plan to use.

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Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC
(704) 469-5766

What Makes a Great Backyard Kitchen

Do you dream of having a backyard kitchen? A backyard kitchen gives you space to wine, dine, and entertain your guests in a relaxed, outdoor atmosphere. However, creating a functional yet appealing backyard kitchen can be a real task. Sometimes, you just don’t know the right amenities to make your kitchen great. There are so many ideas, designs, and amenities that will help you achieve a great backyard kitchen. But, if you totally have no idea about how to make your backyard kitchen appealing and yet fully functional, here are some things you may consider.

Install a Wood-fired Pizza Oven

You can never go wrong with a wood-fired pizza oven in your backyard kitchen. It is not a real party unless there is pizza and this wood-fired oven will add unimaginable flavor to the cooked crust. The benefit of this type of oven is the flavor. These ovens enhance spread heating, which is important in bringing out the full flavor of your pizzas. Additionally, the outer surface can be made from stone, which will make it look unique, yet holds the heat much better than some other materials.

Constructing a Rock-faced Outdoor Fireplace

A rock-faced outdoor fireplace is a must have for every backyard kitchen. This fantastic feature will become the focal point and gathering place of your backyard kitchen. At the end of the party when you and your guests just want to relax and enjoy the fresh night air, this fireplace will make it possible. One of the marvelous features of an outdoor, rock-faced fireplace, besides its great looks, is that the high chimney will take the smoke up and away from your party. This will save your guests from burning eyes that might otherwise cause an early night. And, with a cozy fireplace the party doesn’t have to end just because of the chilly weather.

Building Smokers

An ideal backyard kitchen has to have a smoker. Meat from this appliance cannot be compared to meat prepared in any other way. It will help bring out the full flavors of your meat. In addition, smoking fish and vegetables during an outdoor gathering allows your guests to choose when it is just right for them. This also allows your guests to interact with the food as it cooks. A great looking smoker build with stone, attached or unattached to your outdoor fireplace or wood-fired pizza oven will be an excellent addition to your backyard kitchen.

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Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 360-5604

Build a Beautiful Flagstone Patio for Your Home

Are you tired of your old, rotten wood deck or boring cement patio? This year, upgrade your outdoor living space with a beautiful flagstone patio. Flagstone is ideal for creating stunning patios, offering the natural splendor of stone, while giving you a durable surface that is easy to maintain and clean. You can choose from two basic styles: formal or casual for your new flagstone patio. 

Formal Flagstone Patios

For a chiseled, formal style, flagstones can be used that are cut uniformly as pavers. Typically, these pavers are spaced close together, with just a small, even gap between each stone. Although it is a formal style, you can still be creative with the pattern of the stone for a lovely patio for relaxing and entertaining. Flagstones come in different colors that can be used to create a subtle design for your formal patio.

Casual Patio Design

Many people would rather have their patio made with naturally shaped stones for a casual style. Flagstones are ideal for this option as they are available in many shapes, often with semi-flat sides for paving. A creative landscaper that offers flagstone patios as one of their services can help you design a gorgeous natural patio, fitting those stones together like pieces of a large jigsaw puzzle.

There is no right or wrong style when it comes to building a beautiful flagstone patio. It is all up to your own preference. However, there is a big difference in the quality of work when installing your new patio. Hire a landscaper in your area that is experienced in hardscape design and specializes in flagstone patios.

Posted on behalf of:
Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 609-4510