4 IMPORTANT Things to consider for your Patio Project
1. What is the purpose of your paver patio?
There are some important questions you need to ask yourself to determine the purpose of your paver patio. Is the patio area a place of relaxation and privacy? Is it an area you would like to entertain large or small events? Would you like to be able to have a fire pit, outdoor kitchen area, water feature or maybe even a pergola to take a break from the heat, rain or snow? How much furniture do you plan on putting on your paver patio? Do you maybe want multiple patio areas connected with each of them serving their own purpose? Maybe you just need enough space around a pool patio to be able to walk around and have a couple lounge chairs and small table? Maybe you need space for a Cabana! Be sure to talk to your contractor about your paver patio spaces needs.
2. Resale value and curb appeal!
Everyone wants to be the envy of the neighborhood! Many paver patio projects and walkways can add to the value of your property. And even if that value isn’t monetary, it could drive buyers to look at your house because it has items like a patio or new walkway that they won’t have to incur the cost of. Projects like patios and walkways bring value to not only your home but your neighborhood and community as well. One idea often overlooked is that a paver patio can always be upgraded or added on to. Imagine if you yourself were buying a house… You love the patio area but maybe not the materials used. Or maybe you would like it just a bit larger. Pavers for patios can always be matched or even replaced at a fraction of the cost of installing a brand new patio. As long as you hired a reputable contract and the base of the patio was done properly the old pavers can be picked up and replaced with new pavers at a fraction of the price!
3. Finding the perfect contractor
There are many contractors out there, all looking for your business. You want to make sure you hire someone you are comfortable talking with and they are able to answer any questions you may have. How many years of experience does your contractor and employees have? Do they have any certifications from manufactures to install these products? Are they licensed and insured? Do they carry workman’s compensation? Can they provide you with a list of past customers you can call and ask questions? Can they show you some recent work or projects like yours they have completed? Can they give you at least a 2D drawing or design of the project? Will they pull all the appropriate permits? And lastly what kind of warranty do they offer on their workmanship? The right contractor will always talk to you about future maintenance and warranties because a good contractor wants more of your business or friend’s business in the future!
4. Lastly, Budget!
This is such an important conversation to have early and often with your contractor. Knowing your budget and making your budget known will help everyone throughout the process Your budget is tied into every item we have talked about above.
- Why pavers? Your budget will stretch further with a paver patio then a deck. It will also save you money in years to come when a concrete patio fails.
- We talked about the variety of pavers and manufacturers. Your budget can determine the types of pavers used and even manufacturers.
- What is the space for? You may want to set your budget for your patio depending how often you plan to use it and the type of space it will provide.
- The existing conditions of the subsoil. Other than the materials you will see this will be the biggest portion of your budget. If you have unfavorable soil conditions, you may need to increase your budget to get the area prepped properly. This may decrease the budget for the pavers you can use for your patio.
- Drainage. If you are going to need extensive drainage to make the new patio area work or even fix a current drainage issue before you begin your new patio area these items can take away from another area of your budget.
- Resale value and curb appeal! Set a budget that you are comfortable with. Do you want to try and recoup your costs if you ever sell your home? Maybe you are more focused on enjoying your patio space while you are there.
- Your Contractor. There are many different contractors out there. Make sure you get at least 3 quotes from reputable contractors in your area. Consider a licensed contractor who shows up with a new lettered truck and 20 years of experience may have a higher rate than an inexperienced contractor who doesn’t own any of their own equipment. Good work isn’t cheap and cheap work isn’t good!
So many people don’t like to talk money or budget. Many contractors take their time and resources to meet with you and put together a design and quote at no cost to you. Please start the conversation about your budget during the first meeting so that no one feels as though they are wasting their time. In the long run it could end up getting you more of the items you always wanted with your patio like a fire pit, fire place, outdoor kitchen area, sitting area or pergola. Bring your budget up early and often!