Apr
10

Paving & Hardscaping

“Walkways and pathways function both in the back and front yards of countless residences. It is one of the major consideration when designing a landscape as it obviously will direct you and the guest to somewhere; whether to a patio and swimming pool, or from the driveway to the front door.”

 

Large Brick Patio, Aged BrickMediterranean Landscaping
Grace Design Associates
Santa Barbara, CA

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Paving is often the most expensive item in a landscaping plan – and one of the most permanent – so selecting the right material for your yard or garden is important. In addition to cost, you’ll need to consider the style you desire, the functionality of the material and maintenance requirements.

A wide array of outdoor paving materials are available for residential landscaping projects, so you should have no problem finding one that fits your needs and budget. Most paving materials are versatile enough to be used on patios, walkways, pool decks and driveways. However, some materials are better suited for particular areas or applications, so think about how you plan to use the area you are paving before making a decision. Tile, for example, is great for paving a pool deck or patio but isn’t durable enough for a driveway. Some paving materials, such as decorative concrete, offer more design versatility, permitting a broad range of colors and patterns. A professional landscaper can help you compare the options and give you design ideas.

Get these tipsIn this section, you’ll find tips from landscape designers on:

  • The pros and cons of the most popular paving materials, including brick, stone, concrete, pavers, decomposed granite, gravel and tile.
  • The average cost ranges for various paving materials.

See more at http://www.landscapingnetwork.com/paving/