Incorporating Stone in Outdoor Living

three season room on Northern Virginia deckWhile Distinctive Deck Designs’ trademark is deck building services, we are also authorized installers of hardscaping products from Techo-Bloc and EP Henry. Their products are top of the line and perfect for Northern Virginia outdoor living spaces.

Here are some ideas of how you can transform key areas of your outdoor landscape with pavers and stone:

Paver pathways are not new. In fact, there are historical mentions of cobblestone roads throughout Europe. What is new, however, is the wide variety of stone that is great for high or low traffic. Our outdoor living experts have created many stunning walkway designs that are sure to complement your home’s exterior and your yard’s landscaping!
Design Tip: Consider the elements in your stone selection. Pay special attention to which ones will withstand snow, ice and abundant sunshine to avoid any color fading or cracks.

stone retaining wallPatios do not only have to be made with boring concrete. If you are a creative person, you will love pavers because there is such a variety of design options not found with concrete applications! Depending on your style, you can choose a uniform color for all the stone, or you can use complementing stones with different shapes and sizes.
Design Tip: We will help you choose a grout that complements the stone’s natural colors. We recommend going one to two shades darker than the stone’s dominant color.

Slanted or hill landscapes can benefit from retaining walls, especially when the wall slopes downward towards the home. Retaining walls help serve as a weather barrier to protect the home further from any flooding, mud pits and other damage. They also serve as a decorative element to the home’s landscape. Stacked brick or stone is a great statement.
Design Tip: Consider filling in your retaining wall with some seasonal shrubbery or flowers to give your landscape extra color!

outdoor fireplace installationFOCUS ON THE FIRE PIT OR FIREPLACE
A booming trend in outdoor living spaces is the implementation of a natural or gas hook-up fire pit or fireplace! Of course, these focal points are sure to be outfitted with stone whether they are a veneer or a stacked rock presentation. You can’t go wrong in the design with us by your side!
Design Tip: Be sure to communicate whether you want a natural or gas hook-up before construction so your contractor can allot for proper set up.

Mark Shriner established Distinctive Deck Designs almost 25 years ago, and his quality of work shines with each and every outdoor living project! Schedule your free consultation with us, and we will include you throughout the entire design process to make sure you are completely satisfied!