5 Outdoor Living Space Upgrades
Build a Pergola
Building a pergola is an excellent addition to any outdoor living space. A pergola can provide shelter from the elements and extend your outdoor living space.
What is the point of having a pergola?
A pergola is a roof-like structure with open slats. Pergolas provide a degree of shade and weather-proofing for your outdoor living area.
Why are pergolas so expensive?
Pergolas can be expensive because they need to be custom built to fit a home. In addition, pergolas should be constructed with cedar or pressure-treated wood which can add to the overall cost of a landscape construction project.
Does a pergola block sun?
Yes, Pergolas do block some sun. Depending on the distance between the wood slats which form the roof of a pergola. They can provide varying degrees of cover from the sun which can be beneficial to any shade tolerant sod grass you may have installed nearby.
Install a Fire Pit
Installing a fire pit is an easy way to upgrade your outdoor living space. Fire pits can be either wood or gas burning but should always be installed at a distance from your home structure.
What is the best fire pit?
The best wood-burning fire pits are built with a stone work structure. These fire pits should be deep enough to contain the blaze of the fire.
The best gas fire pits are those attached to a main gas line. The fires are contained and there is no debris to clean.
What goes under a fire pit?
The base of a fire pit should contain material that will not degrade in a fire. Examples of base material would be sand or lava rock.
Do fire pits keep bugs away?
Yes. While in use, fire offers a natural insect repellant.
Lay Artificial Turf
Artificial turf provides the look and feel or real grass without the care and maintenance. While laying artificial turf is more expensive, the durability and warranty make it well worth the investment.
What is the best thing to put under artificial grass?
The best thing to install under your artificial turf will be several inches of compacted aggregate such as decomposed granite. Combined with a layer of sand, these two layers offer drainage, stability and cushion for your artificial turf installation.
How long will artificial grass last?
If cared for according to the manufacturers recommendations, artificial grass should last 20 years or more.
Can you lay artificial grass directly on soil?
It is not recommended to install artificial grass directly on top of soil. Soil erodes over time and can cause improper drainage. It’s better to install several inches of compacted aggregate such as decomposed granite as a base.
Add a Paver Patio
Pavers are made from concrete and average about 2 3/8 in overall thickness that can be assembled in endless patterns. Adding a new paver patio provides both a durable and stylish surface to any patio space.
Are pavers good for patios?
Yes. Pavers are a wonderful option for patios. Pavers are man-made of durable concrete and offer a wide selection of size and style options.
How long do paver patios last?
Professionally installed paver patios can easily last up to 20 years or more.
Is it cheaper to lay concrete or pavers?
Laying a concrete patio is less expensive than having pavers installed.
Build an Outdoor Grilling Station
The perfect way to bring the indoors outside is to install an outdoor grilling station. By anchoring your grill in natural stone, you can add a fully functional kitchen complete with a sink, refrigerator and storage.
How much does a outdoor grill cost?
Depending on size and the amount of custom stonework, an outdoor grill station can cost between $1,500-$4,500.
Are outdoor kitchens worth the money?
Because outdoor kitchens are permanent structures, they will certainly add to the overall value of your home. Most landscaping improvements increase a home’s value between 5%-12%.
What countertop is best for outdoors?
Granite or natural stone is the best outdoor countertop material.
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