PATIOS & WALKWAYS
Whether your patio is an expansive area for entertaining large groups or a private space to enjoy your morning coffee, it is an extension of your living space. Outdoor kitchens, fire pits, pizza ovens, water features, sitting walls, arbors, overhangs, gazebos, and a host of other elements can be incorporated into your design.
There are many types of materials that can be used for your patio or walkway, including pavers, flagstone, crushed rock, poured concrete and architectural slabs. We can help you to choose which materials, style, pattern, texture and colors will work best for your space.
The driveway is typically just an area to park a car and is often overlooked as an area to improve the aesthetic appeal of ones home. Through the use of interlocking concrete pavers there is no need to have a bland driveway. The colors, textures, patterns, sizes and shapes of interlocking concrete pavers along with the many designs that can be incorporated into the area offer a great deal more than standard poured concrete or even stamped concrete. The cost comparison of stamped concrete and pavers is generally on slightly more for pavers.
Another possibility is to use a permeable paving system in which storm water is either collected or allowed to naturally seep into the surrounding soils. There are several reasons to use this type of material such as a limitation on the percentage of allowable permeable surfaces or the avoidance of an unsightly retention pond. One of the best reasons to use this is to avoid storm water runoff and use the most environmentally friendly paving system available.
WALLS, TERRACING & STEPS
Garden walls and retaining walls can be constructed of many types of materials including natural stone, concrete block, timber and poured concrete. Natural stone walls are generally constructed with either boulders or ledgestone in a “dry stack” method. Natural stone can also be used to create rock outcroppings to help anchor a slope.
Timber walls can be constructed in a variety of ways through the use of standard construction practices. Typically we would use pressure treated wood or railroad ties for this application.
Concrete block walls, or segmental retaining walls, are one of the most popular materials to choose from. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, patterns, colors and textures. Block walls are as diverse as pavers and typically are well matched to one another.
In most municipalities, walls over 4’ tall, and in some cases 3’, will need to be engineered and permitted. One way to limit the height of the wall is to terrace the slope, creating several smaller walls. Terracing creates additional visual interest by layering the slope. Access to the different levels would be provided through steps.
Steps generally are created out of the same materials as the walls but can be created out of dissimilar materials to create greater interest or a focal point.
Another method of stabilizing a sloped area would be to install rock outcroppings which would anchor the slope and decrease soil erosion. We can help you choose which materials are right for your project and facilitate any necessary permitting and engineering.
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