While we spend a lot of time and money on being creative on the inside of our houses, it won’t have the same impact if we neglect the exterior.
The outside of the house is what people see first. The idea that ‘first impressions count’ is a valid one. If your property has not improved or maintained externally with landscaping, then it will detract from all your efforts on the inside. People will have that negative first impression which will be hard to overcome.
Likewise, people spend a lot of time in their yards, children are encouraged to get outside and do something physical rather than sitting in front of the PC. You’re more likely to enjoy spending time outside or entertaining if the backyard looks good.
A big part of any landscaping or improvement is paving, be it a paved driveway, a paved edging to an existing driveway, a paved path, edging along garden beds, or a paved patio.
We have found that a lot of people are finding that maintaining a large lawn area is, not only time-consuming but more difficult with water restrictions. One way of cutting down on their lawn area is to have a paving feature which adds a bit of character to the yard as well as reducing the time and work involved in upkeep.
By using one of a range of paving styles, you are able to create a unique paved area that will lift your yard. Your landscape advisor should be able to show you a range of styles from which to choose and suggest what would work best for what you are hoping to achieve.
Questions to Ask
Before beginning any paving project you need to answer a few questions, whether it be a paved driveway, a driveway border, a paving path, garden edging, a paved patio, or bbq area. How big is the area to be paved?
What color scheme are you after? What is the existing surface and how will you need to prepare it for the paving? Do you need to allow for water run off?
What about weed control? These are all important questions that need to be answered. Your paving professional will be able to help you answer these and other more technical questions.
Paving versus Concrete
If comparing pavers to concrete, consider that concrete can crack, break up and stain, becoming unsightly and lowering the value of your home. Pavers, on the other hand, have a greater weight distribution and, should they ever crack or become stained, are so much easier to replace, with minimum cost to you.
Ultimately, to balance a quality product and service at a competitive price, your best option is to obtain a high standard of design by hiring a landscaping company.
A side benefit of using a paving professional is that they will usually get a trade discount on the pavers that they pass on to you. This allows you to get a high-quality finish with the expertise to know that the job is down well – a great scenario if you’re too busy or don’t feel confident in doing the job yourself.