I, Stonemakers Dealer Ryan Miller recently finished my first job at Frank Blanchard's home in Pensacola Florida. Frank was medically discharged after he was blown up by a RPG in a special ops mission. He and his service dog Violet love the work from Stone Works USA and Stone Maker Products.
As the demand for outdoor living areas and innovative hardscape design continues to grow, homeowners have a number of choices for building retaining walls, patios, walkways and water features. Here's a comparison of the Stonemakers System and concrete block and pavers.
Concrete wall block and pavers:
1. Can be purchased at any local supplier or retail outlet.
1. Cooking outdoors isn't a chore.
2. Grilled food taste better.
3. The fish you cook on the grill doesn't linger in the backyard for days.
4. You can hose spilled beer off the patio.
5. Holiday celebrations can be held at home.
Today's outdoor kitchens can be perfectly customized with a refrigerator, grill, storage compartment, sink, stereo system, television, bar, kegorator, stovetop-style burners, prep area, griddles, storage space, low counters, bar-height counters for guests, just about any amenity to increase the outdoor living experience.
The most amazing thing about building outdoor kitchens is the ability to customize everything, from countertop height to cabinet depth and accessories. Outdoor kitchen designs can be incorporated into any existing space. U-shaped, L-shaped, round, bar-style and island style are just a few design ideas that can be built.
An investment in an outdoor kitchen can range from approximately $3,000 to more than $30,000. This offers an opportunity for talented contractors to capitalize on this demand and carve a niche in this growing segment of home improvement.
Hardscape design, the landscaping term that typically refers to outdoor landscaping other than plants and greenery, has become increasingly more popular with homeowners. In the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) top remodeling trends, outdoor living areas ranked number four. What are consumers looking for? Here's a list of seven features homeowners are building in their backyards.
If you haven't heard yet, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) list of top remodeling trends is out and number four on that list for 2011 is outdoor living areas including patios, outdoor kitchens, water features and retaining walls. This creates an opportunity for landscape and hardscape contractors to meet this pent up demand and increase the bottom line in the new year. What is the most effecient way to achieve growth and how do you do it?