6 Considerations When Building Your Patio Space

Thinking about making the leap and building that patio space you’ve always wanted? Lawn-N-Order Landscaping Inc. can make that dream a reality. However, we recommend taking some time to think about the aspects you’re looking for in a patio space. There are several factors to consider when choosing your new patio design. After all, you’re likely going to spend 1,000’s on a nice, professionally constructed patio space depending on the additional features you might want to add. That said, here are 6 considerations when building your patio space.

Purpose of Patio Space

Are you looking for a private, intimate setting with a small area for relaxing and enjoying your peaceful outdoor space? Instead, are you interested in large BBQ pits, fireplaces and a patio space large enough to hold parties and host various social gatherings. Many times, smaller, more intimate spaces are great when clients desire patios strictly used for family spaces.

We suggest a design that surrounds this type of smaller area with natural gardens, landscape designs and possibly small ponds or water features. Patios meant for outdoor social gatherings should be much larger in area and contain certain features. BBQ pits, fireplaces, built in seating and some covered areas are all ideal features for those outdoor spaces designed for large social events. 

View or No View

One of the biggest reasons we all love living in Western North Carolina is the stunning views of the beautiful Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. With more and more homes having built in views of the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains, having a patio with a lovely view is one area of your patio’s construction to consider.

Some enjoy wide open views while others enjoy private, secluded areas surrounded by the beautiful flora and fauna found here in WNC. Patios are like your outdoor living room, so it only makes sense that you create the perfect environment for your new patio. Consider the type of view and surrounding areas around your patio.

Budget for Patio Space

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Whenever you begin researching your landcaping and hardscaping projects, you will certainly want to consider your budget. At Lawn-N-Order Landscaping, we have the ability to build you a custom designed patio area that can be simple in design with just the basics, or an elaborate fully functioning outdoor space complete with fire pits, and outdoor kitchen and much more.

Regardless, we consider your project budget and our professionals do everything possible to accommodate your needs. We are dedicated to providing clients with the absolute best patio space that meets their budget needs. We can even work with clients in phases where we will build and add various features to your patio in a series of projects.

We can lay down the basic patio surface to begin with, and then come back at a later time to construct additional features. We’re here to serve your needs, and we vow to do our best to take your budget into account when creating your proposal.

Fill out a contact form, or call one of our experienced staff at 828-712-1590 to learn more about your options for building a custom patio space.

Do You Want Multiple Patio Spaces?

It is very common these days for homeowners, especially here in the mountains, to build more than one outdoor area and patio space. Many of our clients want the best of both worlds as they require a small, intimate space for private family functions, but they also would like a larger outdoor patio space for entertaining guests and hosting social functions.

The pros at Lawn-N-Order Landscaping are experienced when it comes to accommodating both needs – family and social patios. Consultations can be scheduled with our owner, Mr. Ryan Houston, who is a licensed NC Landscape Contractor (#0063) where he will come out to your site personally and evaluate your needs and provide expert recommendations and options for constructing multiple patio spaces.

Patio Space Accessibility

When you think about your new patio space project, one major consideration to make is if whether or not you would like the patio accessible from the house or free standing at another location in the yard.

Not all homes in the mountains are equipped or designed to attach a patio directly off of the house. It is very common for patio spaces to stand alone in another part of the property. Perhaps you would like some steps or a walkway leading down to your patio space, but nonetheless, accessibility is a very important consideration to make when looking at building your patio space.

Feel free to call us at 828-712-1590 to discuss your options, check availability and talk to one of our professionals.

Patio Space Add-Ons

A patio space does not have to be a simple slab of concrete sitting in the middle of your yard. At Lawn-N-Order Landscaping, we have the ability to customize you patio space in a way that makes it 100 percent unique, meeting all of your needs. Perhaps you would like to add a serene, peaceful water feature to create that perfect outdoor space that you have always dreamed of. No matter your desires, Lawn-N-Order Landscaping can help make your dreams a reality.

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Outdoor Patio

Other add-on options include incorporating outdoor kitchens, pergolas, gazebos, swimming pools, fire and BBQ pits and much more. Although we do not specialize in building swimming pools, we can customize your patio space in a way that sets it up for a pool install, and we can also provide you with some recommendations and referrals for getting a pool area built and added on to your patio.

 

 

Get that patio of your dreams just in time for those beautiful October and November nights here in the lovely mountains of WNC. Don’t wait any longer!

Call or contact us today to check our availability, schedule a consultation with our licensed landscaping professional and discover all the various options for building the patio space of your dreams.

Curb Appeal to Increase Your Real Estate

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What is the first thing seen when you drive into a driveway? A potential buyer (if your home is on the market) or a visitor will notice the cracks and broken pieces around the driveway or walkway leading up to the house. Curb appeal gives a better impression when all the eyesores are repaired and tidy. How to increase your real estate sell is the focus of any seller. Let’s look at the options available.

If you are planning on selling your home or investment property, arrange in advance by observing curb appeal-driveway-walkwayproblem areas. Walk around and notice all the problem spots from a buyer’s point of view and take notes. If the driveway needs consideration, will there be repairs or replaced entirely? Contact a licensed contractor to give advice and make recommendations for the best options to enhance the curb appeal of the home.

Enhance Curb Appeal with Repairs & Replacements

If an asphalt driveway is cracking, consider patching it. Cracks can expedite the deterioration if not filled in and repaired. Repairing a concrete or asphalt driveway may take up to 2-3 days. If installing a new concrete driveway, it won’t be ready to drive on for seven days, so planning is prudent. Otherwise, crushed stone or gravel can be installed in a day’s time. Pavers are a great alternative and can last upwards of 100 years or more. There are many varieties of pavers with patterns that can be laid to enhance the entrance to your home. These pavers can be tied into the walkway entrance with the same pattern.

Walkways and porches are areas that will be noticed by a visitor or a potential buyer. Concrete is usually a material used by default but also consider all your options. In some spaces, pea gravel with spots of large flagstone as stepping-stones can be used with the appropriate style of home. Brick and flagstone or decorative pavers add curb appeal and a favorable response welcoming friends and family.

If you are ready to add some curb appeal to your home, we can help with the best approach to your budget. Give us a call and let’s discuss.

A Landscape Collaboration Across Continents

Long distance relationships can be hard if you don’t have willing partners to accommodate and communicate well. In this instance, there was full cooperation. The homeowners live in London, England and travel to their landscape-Leicester-mulch-paver patio-driveway-drainage-stoneworkinherited homestead a couple times a year. The premise around this installation was to finish the exterior renovations that had started from the inside out. The homeowner wanted to resurrect this old home that her Grandparents had lived and give it all the tender loving care that preempted her proprietorship.  The couple had great ideas to incorporate into the landscape layout.  The finished product would be installed just in time for the pair’s post-nuptial celebrations in the states with family and friends.

Months of communicating went back and forth over email with preliminary drawings sent via Google drive to establish borders and planting material suggestions.  Clear descriptions of plants and photos helped the homeowners to envision the finished landscape.  Once a final drawing was established and agreed upon, installation began. But not without major hindrances of weather and water to hold up production. A deluge of March and April showers as well as discovering a spring in the midst of the area being installed set installations back to a point that the crews had to work overtime and weekends to meet the deadline for the wedding celebrations.

Old trees that had overgrown their welcome and had become a hindrance to safety were removed.  Drainage was installed to remove excessive water pooling in places and grading was done. Once the infrastructure was established, a foundation was installed for a concrete paver patio. A concrete paver walkway and driveway were included along with a custom built native stonewall around the perimeter of the patio.  A BBQ roasting pit was the focal point for those big family gatherings.

Farmhouse and farm equipment artifacts were dug out of the barn and repurposed in the landscape to remember ‘days gone by’ and the loving hands that had first established this old homestead. The new and old merged to create a splendid collaboration that moved across continents. Grandma and Grandpa would be proud!

If you need to collaborate on a new landscape addition, we are just a phone call away at 828.712.1590.