Lupe Hodge. Patio. May 10th , 2017.
Problems with Patterned Bluestone: The pieces of bluestone when rectilinear should be perfectly \"square\", meaning that the stone form a perfect square. If you fit two together, they would meet perfectly and all lines would be straight. That is in a perfect world, of course!
In the Northeastern US, most suggest using at least a 4-6 inch base of crushed stone, and even up to 7 inches is recommended due to harsh winter weather. For brick pavers, this means that you'll need to dig to about 9\" depth, since the pavers are 2 inches in height. Since this is a lot of digging, it may be one of the primary reasons to hire a landscape company.
Perhaps the concrete is basically sound, but has a few hairline cracks. In that case you can lay porcelain or stone tiles over the top, to give an elegant finish to your patio. It's a good idea to use tiles with a textured finish, to reduce the risk of slipping when the tiles are wet. You can use other materials such as sandstone, limestone, granite or slate, as long as they are properly sealed. If you often have freezing conditions over winter, then ensure the tiles don't absorb high levels of water, or they might crack. Be aware, too, that existing cracks in the concrete may expand and cause the tiles on top to crack as well.
Warm Up Your Patio! A properly outfitted patio can be an amazing addition to any home. Along with patio furniture and a grill, you will want to purchase a metal fire pit in order to get the most from your deck. Imagine, you and your family basking in the warm glow of an open flame! They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are relatively cheap compared to other outdoor home enhancements such as patio tables and chairs. You can even fuel your fires with extra wood from your property, its a self-sufficient activity.
Poinsettias are in season and their vibrant red, white or pink hues, combined with their green leaves, are enough to add color to any gray and dismal outdoor area. Go to your local supermarket or nursery and stock up on a few of these plants. You can keep them in containers or plant beds outside, but bring them back inside or cover them up if the outdoor temperatures get extremely cold or if a freeze is expected. Be sure to keep them away from pets though. Poinsettias are only mildly toxic to animals, but it's better safe than sorry!
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