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It’s been a hard past 12 months. But there is light at the end of the tunnel for all of us, and if you’re lucky, you got some stimulus money. If you’ve been wanting to upgrade your outdoor living space, there are few things that make as big of an impact as a new custom patio.
We’re not talking concrete slabs or stamped concrete. At Lazo Landscaping, we design and build custom patios using the highest quality materials, including natural stone, brick, and patio pavers. Check out our Gallery page for examples of our work.
Decide on Your Patio Design
The first step in getting the patio of your dreams is to decide on the patio design. The layout of your yard may help determine what the final product looks like. We can accommodate patios on a slope with grading, retaining walls and multiple levels.
Decide if you want the patio to run the full length of the back of your home, and how large you want it to be. You’ll also need to decide if you want retaining walls or other built-in seating. Draw a sketch of what you think you would like. You can also save images to show the various patio contractors you contact to get estimates.
Think About Incorporating a Fire Pit
And for not too much more, you can incorporate a fire pit into your patio design! A permanent fire pit will withstand the weather and provide hours of enjoyment sitting by the fire, nearly year-round. This can be on your patio, or in a separate area of your yard with its own little patio.
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Choose Your Materials
Once you have a good idea of your patio design, you’ll need to decide on the materials you want to use. Most of our clients opt for natural stone or paver patios.
Flagstone Patio, Travertine, or Other Natural Stone
A flagstone patio, or one built with travertine or other natural stone will certainly lend a “wow” factor to your outdoor living space. A natural stone patio will cost more than a paver patio, so keep your budget in mind.
A paver patio is a very popular choice, but we can assure you, no two patios will look the same. This is because of the wide variety of patio paver colors, sizes, and textures available. Take a look at Belgard or Techo-Bloc for an idea of what we mean. There are pavers that look like wood planks, natural stone, cobblestone, brick, etc.
Pavers are more economical if you are building steps and retaining walls as part of your patio design.
Related Reading: How to Choose the Right Pavers for Your Patio and Walkways
Hire a Recommended Patio Builder
Once you have a good idea of the patio design you want and the materials you want to use, it’s time to gather estimates. Ask friends, family, and coworkers what patio builder they used. Were they happy with them? Is there anyone to avoid?
Check out their company websites, Google reviews, and Facebook reviews. Do most people have good things to say? Is the owner responsive to complaints?
Based on the above, decide on 3 patio contractors to get estimates from. Take notes, and make sure they provide you with a detailed written estimate that breaks down each phase of the patio building process. They should include line items for materials and labor as well.
Decide who has the price, quality of work, and demeanor that suits you, and then sign the contract.
You can expect to need to make a down payment before any work begins, and then other payments as work progresses. Avoid anyone who demands 50% or more up front. Maryland law allows contractors to ask for up to 1/3rd of the contract price up front.
Get a Better Outdoor Experience with a Custom Patio from Lazo Landscaping
At Lazo, we are moving full steam ahead out outdoor living projects throughout the Baltimore area. If you’re looking to install a custom patio at your home, we can help. Whether you’re replacing an old concrete patio or starting from scratch, we can design and build your dream patio. We also design and build fire pits, pergolas, outdoor kitchens, and retaining walls.
Just call 866-282-6046 or click the button and fill out the form to schedule a free estimate. If this is a commercial project, please let us know that when you call or fill out the form.