If you’re thinking about installing a patio, walkway, retaining wall, or other hardscape in the spring, you may want to consider starting your project a little earlier! Installing hardscaping in the winter can save you 10 – 15 percent, and the wait times tend to be shorter since most people start these types of projects in the spring.
This is exactly what Winston and Joy Cox, located in Bowie, Maryland, did last winter (in December 2011) when conditions were milder than normal. They were waiting until the spring to install a new patio, but the opportunity came to start the installation earlier, and they took it. After spending months prepping for snow removal, we were humbled by a mild winter. We knew from experience that we should keep working, even though it meant off-season work at a reduced rate. This way, our clients gain savings.
Patio Building Project Details
The Cox family wanted an outdoor cooking area with a fire pit and a lot of space to entertain. We started off with gravel (which we compacted) for the base and used both natural stone and chestnut brown Techo-Bloc Blue pavers to create a patio with about 800 square feet of usable space. The pavers make up the patio, while the natural stone makes up the stairs and walls.
The grill area is topped with granite slabs and has a storage area underneath. The kitchen area also includes a Bull Angus stainless steel grill and mini fridge. There is low-voltage lighting installed in the sitting walls and steps.
“We’re very happy with the results and are pleased that Four Seasons could give us a jump-start on our dream patio and outdoor kitchen grill by performing the hardscaping during this mild winter we’re having,” said Winston.
This winter has also been pretty mild so far—now is a good time to contact us so we can start making your dream hardscaping project a reality!