Few projects are more exciting for homeowners than designing and installing a new outdoor space. The planning process is undoubtedly fun, but it’s not always easy. With a wide range of options in terms of colors, styles, textures, and more, it’s crucial to do your homework before investing in your new space.
Bushelman Supply is a proud Keystone Hardscapes partner, and we offer some of the most reputable paver products you’ll find anywhere in the industry. This article will help you learn what to look for when you’re preparing to build your backyard oasis.
1. Do Your Research and Find Inspiration
Nobody wants to feel like they’re copying someone else’s look, but browsing through a gallery of recently-completed projects can help you narrow down wall stone styles. Stone, bricks, and pavers may look much different when they’re isolated – as they often are in sales material like a brochure – ‘than when paired with green grass and a home. You may think one option looks unique and interesting on paper, but when you see the finished product, it may look a little too nontraditional for your taste.
2. Learn How Weather Impacts Your Materials
Pavers are the foundation of your outdoor space. With that in mind, it’s crucial to ensure they can stand up to the elements without sacrificing style.
In the Midwest, pavers must be able to stand up to every weather extreme imaginable. From subzero winter days to triple-digit heat in the summertime, the elements can quickly impact your investment, meaning durability should be a priority. For example, slate (a metamorphic stone) won’t damage easily, especially after sealing it. The downside is that slate can be more expensive than some other options. Porcelain has become popular recently due to its easy maintenance and durability at a price point that won’t break the bank.
3. Complement Your Home
Even the most stylish shoes don’t go with every outfit. Similarly, some dazzling patio pavers might not work with your home’s aesthetic. Before deciding on your pavers, consider how the colors and styles will look up against your home’s exterior colors and materials.
4. Budget for Extra Features
Once you start designing your dream space, it’s hard to stop until it has everything you want! Include features like a firepit or fireplace, perimeter wall stone, or pavers for walkways in your budget from the start. Not only will this help you avoid unexpected costs, but it will also help you determine what you really want instead of features that would be “nice” to have.
While an outdoor kitchen with a bar area might not be necessary for some, those who frequently have the neighborhood over for grill-outs might want to invest more heavily in their space.
5. Consider the Pattern
Some pavers look much different as a standalone object than they do as part of an entire set. For example, you might find a certain square or rectangular style uninspiring, but your opinion might change when laid in a herringbone pattern. On the other hand, an isolated brightly-colored paver can look attractive but might be a bit overwhelming when it covers 150 square feet of wall.
Your Paver Project Starts at Bushelman Supply
For generations, our family has made it our mission to provide tri-state area customers with the industry’s best materials and service that goes beyond expectations. Since 1927, we’ve been Cincinnati’s destination for quality hardscapes, gravel, mulch, and more.
Before beginning your project, let’s discuss your goals, budget, and timeline. We’re here to make sure you’re happy with the result and can help guide you every step of the way. Contact us at (513) 771-9121 or get in touch by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.