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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Outdoor livable space is a popular trend. You can set up an outdoor seating area, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining space. This allows you to entertain guests outside or host a larger party than what your home can hold. This trend inspired my wife and I to build our own outdoor livable space. However, one of the biggest decisions we faced was what the base for our space would be. We could use concrete, lay pavers or construct a deck. After doing a lot of research, we decided on a deck. It was a challenging decision, but we are pleased with the outcome. In fact, we are so happy we decided to start this blog and help educate other people on decks and livable spaces. Learn the benefits, learn the downside, learn how to care for your and learn what kinds of wood are best for an outdoor deck.


Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Make A Splash With Unique Entrances And Dazzling Driveways At Your Home

by Kelly Simmons

Try some distinctive paving ideas around the front of your home and driveway to enhance the home's curb appeal and to distinguish it from other dwellings. Paving contractors can create some drama in your driveway with unique patterns, designs, and borders. Talk with professionals at places like Hastie's Capitol Sand & Gravel Co for project options and costs, or consult with home improvement vendors for the best materials to suit your budget.

Some design ideas for your home's driveway include:

Desert distinction.

Give the front of your home a Southwestern touch with light-colored concrete pavement and retaining walls. Add cacti and some kind of aggregate for a distinct driveway that is easy to maintain. This works particularly well in hot, humid climates where asphalt could be too soft and may not be ideal.

Linear landscaping.

Create cool, geometric patterns using concrete pavers and grass seed or sod. For best results, this needs to be done precisely, typically using a level and taking measurements frequently. If you want a crisp, linear look, consider contacting paving contractors for estimates and price quotes.

Pond-rock paving.

Create contrasting textures and surfaces that will complement each other, such as asphalt and pond-rocks. The smooth, black surface of the asphalt, bordered in bumpy, irregular pond-rocks can give a driveway a unique edge and distinctive detail. You could also replace the asphalt for the more rustic look of an aggregate driveway, bordered by the smooth, round shape of the pond-rocks.

Peripheral patterns.

Have paving contractors or masons create dimensional patterns across the facade of your driveway or entry with tiled mosaics. You can really customize and personalize your exteriors, choosing any color, size, or type of tiles for your paving. Be cautious of tile that could be porous and that could allow moisture to seep in and deteriorate over time.

Floral foyer.

Create a floral design that anyone can grow with unique paving patterns resembling flowers in your home's entry or driveway. Use large concrete planters or bird baths in the center, and have the paving stone style and pattern create the leaves for a unique look that others will envy and mimic.

It's all in the details, and adding some flair to your home's entrance and driveway can bring distinctive character that enhances the curb appeal of the property. Try these ideas, or talk with paving contractors about your own design visions for the space. Put your home's best foot forward with distinguished and tasteful paving, landscaping, and masonry.