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Stone by Stone: Building Beautiful Backyards

Posted on Aug 28, 2013

Renovating the inside of your home can be a bit of a time consumer and money pit. Although necessary time and funds also go into the renovation of your back yard, there are no walls, windows or ceilings to meddle with, just floors! Creating the perfect outdoor floor is the first step in landing perfect beautiful backyards.

Concrete, brick, stone, or gravel are the top contenders for outdoor renovating.

Planning your patio begins with deciding on which materials to use. The material that you choose will determine your personal style and flair, and the cost. It’s important to weigh your options and find the best fit for your intentions. Lining up your materials and weighing their benefits is a great place to start.

5 Types Of Beautiful Backyards

Pavers:  The newest option in patio materials is interlocking pavers. These pieces come in a variety of materials, shapes, and sizes. They’re an optimum choice for anyone who is looking to add a little design and diversity to their back yard, with an affordable price. Pavers allow much more freedom of choice when it comes to material, colors, shapes, and designs. They interlock together making it easy for a do-it-yourself job. Maintenance is simple, and repairs are minimal.  The benefits of this option are the versatility they offer, and the ease of installation and upkeep. If you’re looking to create a faster backyard renovation with a little design, then these are your best choice. There are options within this option, so take some time to decide on the type of stone, color, and size of your pavers.

Concrete: This simple stone choice comes in pre-made tiles, or can be poured via a professional. Concrete is a good choice for those that want something simple, easy, and classic. Pre-cast slabs can come in a few color choices such as terra cotta, charcoal, and grey. These are an easy DIY project, but don’t come in many styles and sizes. If you’re opting for poured cement, this usually needs to be done by a professional so it can become a bit more costly. Also, poured cement is generally plain (unless colors are added to the mixture), and don’t allow for much design.

Gravel: This is a simple and easy to install choice for home owners. Pick a color, pour it down, and spread it out. Gravel makes a great filler, can accommodate curves, and doesn’t take more than a little raking to maintain. The cost of gravel is also very affordable. This is a good option if you’re just looking to cover up a sandy area, but don’t want any installation or “permanent” outdoor flooring.

Brick: The classic contender, this method allows for intricate designs and looks. Laying brick in zigzag patterns can offer a whimsical charm to your living space. The art of laying brick is a classic approach to a traditional looking patio. It’s cost friendly, but much more time consuming than other methods. If you don’t have the time, energy, or know how then calling upon a professional could make this process easier.

Stone: This is the easiest, classic method to building a patio. Laying misshapen stone slabs in a uniform walkway adds charm to your outdoor space. Stone is easy to lay, and requires little to no maintenance. It allows for grass to grow in between each piece, or the insert of gravel. This is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a simple and witty walkway.

Creating your backyard paradise starts with the perfect materials. Decide what design you’re looking for in your back yard, and pick the perfect outdoor floor to accommodate that. In no time at all, you’ll be dancing the night away in your dream yard!

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