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Sprucing Up Your Outdoor Space

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Is it time to spruce up your outdoor living space? Want to give your front yard a whole new look? Try adding stone or brick pavers to your walkways, landscaping or back patio!

If you’re a do-it-yourself-er then you can tackle small projects over a weekend. Try outlining your flower beds with a single layer of pavers. You can simply rest them up against the slight incline of the mulch and get a great three-dimensional effect. If you’re feeling ambitious, dig a small trench to set the pavers down a few inches, then stack a second layer on top, slightly offset from the bottom layer. This will really make your landscaped areas pop!

For larger projects, such as repaving walkways or your driveway, consider hiring a contractor. The Woodlands area has many high-quality vendors that specialize in this type of work. Check out sites like houzz.com or angieslist.com to read reviews, or visit the Better Business Bureau’s website to check for membership and see if there have been any complaints against your potential contractor.

Once you’ve chosen a contractor, have them come out for a consultation. Most companies will send a designer or specialist to help you draw up your ideal patio or walkway and choose the type of stone that will best coordinate with your home’s exterior. Keep an open mind and ask for suggestions – these are the experts and they may have some great ideas you’ve not thought of. Be up front about your budget so the contractor can make suggestions for cost savings on materials or make slight design changes to stretch your dollar.

If you want to make a dramatic change or redesign your entire yard, consider a retaining wall, a built-in fire pit, built-in grill or even stone columns to support a covered patio. Designing a multi-level patio with designated seating area or enclosed garden will add height as well as depth to your yard.

Stone work can add elegance to your home, whether you’re looking to sell or just want to enjoy your own space. And with the warm south Texas weather you’ll be sure to get lots of use out of it.