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Building an outdoor kitchen is a satisfying and cost-effective endeavor. It adds to the curb appeal of the home and creates valuable outdoor living space for the entire family. A weekend warrior should be able to complete the kitchen in two weekends as long as he or she has a detailed plan. The kitchen can be built on an existing patio or in another part of the yard. However, if there is no patio, a patio will have to be poured or laid prior to construction. The first step to building the kitchen should be defining all the outdoor spaces within the kitchen area. There should be a place for a grill or cooktop, counter space, storage and seating. It’s also important to decide if the water, electricity and gas will come from existing sources inside the house or if new power and water sources will be installed. Once all the planning decisions have been made and a blueprint created, construction of the kitchen can commence.
If this sounds complicated or excessively time consuming, a simpler method involves hiring a contractor. Wood Crafters builds outdoor spaces that include grilling and food preparation stations, and they have experience working with natural stone blocks and stone veneers. They can also add additional features, including patio covers and custom walkways.
The price of pavers depends on the size of the project, the brand and size of the pavers used and the intricacy of the pattern. As a general rule, pavers cost between $10 and $20 per square foot or between $2,500 and $3,500 per project when installed by a professional contractor.
Larger projects tend to cost less per square foot than smaller projects, and the costs of installing the pavers can be reduced, depending on how much prep work the owner is prepared to do prior to installation. Though, the latter depends on the paver stone contractor.
Stamped concrete and pavers both create beautiful driveways, sidewalks, paths and patios. In order to choose the right product for the job, it’s important to weigh the benefits, drawbacks and costs. Stamped concrete is poured concrete that has been stamped to create a pattern. It can mimic the look of brick and stone and can be custom colored. It is generally less expensive than pavers per square foot. However, stamped concrete is a one-shot deal. It can only be stamped once, and if it cracks or fades, it can be very time consuming and costly to repair.
Interlocking pavers come in a wide variety of sizes and colors and can be laid to create custom patterns. Installing patio pavers involves digging a certain depth into the ground, laying a foundation of gravel and sand for level surface, placing the stones and locking them together. If one stone chips or cracks, the stone can easily be lifted out and replaced with another stone.
Pavers can be installed as a DIY project or by using a reputable contractor. Doing a paver self-install is the cheapest way to install a new patio, driveway or sidewalk, but it is very labor intensive and time consuming. Before the interlocking concrete pavers can be laid down, the homeowner must dig out a specific area to a specific depth, usually six to 12 inches. A sidewalk and patio with light furniture requires a six inch foundation, and driveways typically require eight to 12 inch foundations for superior stability. After the foundation is laid and graded, the homeowner can lay and lock the concrete driveway pavers.
Homeowners who are short on time or unfamiliar with laying concrete pavers may wish to use a professional contractor to install their pavers in Houston, including Wood Crafters. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Wood Crafters has the skill and professional know-how to expertly lay concrete paver sidewalks, pathways, porches and driveways.
Choosing the right pavers in Houston starts with a detailed patio design idea. Many homeowners prefer to have the patio either match the home and/or the existing landscaping. If the patio is slated to come off a family or living room, it might be wise to take into consideration the color scheme of the room. Taking design elements and colors from the inside room helps smooth the transition to the outside living space.
Homeowners can choose between concrete, stone, tiles, brick and driveway pavers. It’s important to consider the initial cost of the pavers and the required yearly maintenance. Some pavers need very little maintenance. Other pavers need to be treated with a non-slip coating and sealed against the elements.
There are two ways to install pavers, including DIY and contractor installation. The most inexpensive way to install pavers is by performing a DIY installation. However, a do-in-yourself installation is time consuming and involve a lot of manual labor, that includes digging and laying a foundation. To install a 400 square foot patio, the homeowner must dig a 20 by 20 square to a minimum depth of six inches. The area must then be filled with a compacted sub base and graded until it is a level surface. Once the area is graded, the homeowner is free to lay the pavers.
A professional contractor, including Wood Crafters, can install pavers in Houston. A reputable contractor will talk to the potential client on the phone and schedule an at-home estimate. The contractor should have a business license, insurance paperwork and references with them available. The contractor should listen to the home owner’s ideas, come up with a preliminary plan and a preliminary estimate of material and labor costs. Upon acceptance of the estimate, the contractor should provide a tentative start date and a completion date.