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Elements of an Outdoor Living Stone and Brick Masonry Hardscape Space

Elements of an Outdoor Living Stone and Brick Masonry Hardscape Space

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Elements of an Outdoor Living Stone and Brick Masonry Hardscape Space

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 During our 35 years + of engaging and creating beautiful Outdoor Living stone and brick masonry Home Renovations and Creations, from outdoor kitchens and fireplaces to patios, stairs, retaining walls, pool renovations and more, we have found that most clients are not sure of the specific elements needed to start off on their outdoor living areas. Just as with interior construction, outdoor construction and backyard makeovers need and should be completed in a specific order. Below we will lay out just several of these facets so you, the reader, understand what should be completed first and then the order of the other items to complete your whole backyard makeover and outdoor living space. Serving Atlanta, Georgia, North Atlanta, Buckhead, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Marietta, Alpharetta, Milton, Cumming, Woodstock, Johns Creek, Dunwoody, Brookhaven and Vinings, GA clients.

Masonry Hardscape Patios – First Phase

 Just as when you engage in an interior project- you would not place the hardwood floor installation prior to the painting. This same deliverance and procedure hold true to your backyard renovation. With outdoor living projects, you would want to first start off with what is known as “ Hardscape “. This can consist of many facets yet predominantly it revolves around patios, outdoor fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, retaining walls and so forth. Hardscape can be a bit messy and destructive to existing grasses and landscape. Our recommendation to all clients if they want to break their outdoor living space into phases is to move forward with the most important facet of the backyard- the PATIO ! This can be an amazing array of products from natural stone to brick as well as man made brick paver products.

Masonry Hardscape Fireplaces and Outdoor Kitchens – Second Phase

 Once the immediate and most important aspect of outdoor living is created- the patio, you then have the pallet ready to add other elements. Items such as outdoor stone or brick fireplaces as well as outdoor kitchens and grill enclosures usually lie second in line once the patio is complete. Budget will dictate what is able to be included yet these outdoor living items are usually always included. The extent of how elaborate an outdoor kitchen or outdoor fireplace is depends on what the client is willing to spend. Nevertheless, if anything, besides the patio space, the outdoor fireplace is always next on the list and adds so much not only to the client’s enjoyment but also to the value of your home.

Decorative or Retaining Walls, Stone Steps and Pool Renovations – Third


 Third on the list revolves around the decorative aspects of the outdoor living project as well as structural aspects. Retaining walls as well as decorative walls, whether in stone or brick or stucco concrete block might be necessary to adjust specific elevations. Decorative masonry walls create gorgeous aesthetic courtyard effects. Stone steps and stairways can be created with solid stone slabs creating a natural hardscape effect or more formal stairways can be created with symmetrical stone or brick.

 Pool construction is not our “cup of tea” yet we always recommend to our clients to always have their pool construction company handle JUST the pool install and then contact us to handle the actual masonry facets as with coping and patios, pool decks, etc. Pool companies usually always sub-contract these facets out which cuts back on the professional craftsmanship due to their seeking the most cost-effective subcontractors.


The Masonry Hardscape ” WRAP”

 There is obviously much more to the creation of your outdoor living space. Your Backyard Renovation! This is the place of peace for you and your family and it should be. We here at ARNOLD Masonry and Landscape have served our friends and fellow Atlanta and North Atlanta neighbors since 1985. We have realized many changes through the years as well as many clients who came to us after receiving sub-par service, professionalism and craftsmanship from their previous contractor. We ask that you spend due diligence not only researching others but us as well. We can only then look forward to hearing from you requesting what you see as a straightforward and simplistic business relationship offering you design and construction of your outdoor living projects proved through almost 4 decades of our expertise.




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