So far we’ve had a mild winter in Kansas City, with above average temperatures and very little snow. But we all know the snow and ice will make an appearance eventually. After investing time, money, and effort into installing your stone patio, walkway, pool deck, or other stone surface, it’s important to protect it. Winter weather can be very unkind of stone. Ice, snow, and even heavy rain can cause damage to your stone elements, but there are precautions you can take to keep them protected and looking like new. Continue reading
When it comes to installing a patio or other outdoor living projects, most people think spring and summer are the best times. There’s a common misconception that patios cannot be installed in the cooler months. But fall, and even early winter if the weather is mild, can actually be a great time to install your new patio. Continue reading
Fall is finally here, bringing crisp, cool weather with it. Even when the weather is warm during the day, the shorter days mean cooler evening temperatures. What better way to enjoy these cool autumn nights than sitting around the warm glow of a patio fire pit? Whether you’re entertaining a group or having a romantic evening for two, a fire pit provides the warmth and soft light needed to extend your time outdoors in comfort. Fall and fire pits were made for each other. Continue reading
Summer in Kansas City is grilling season. But when done right, grilling is more than cooking. It’s an event, with friends gathered around while the grill master creates smoky masterpieces. Now that the hottest days of summer are behind us, it’s the perfect time to get outside and cook up some fun. But first, you’ve got to create the right atmosphere. A stone patio makes the perfect place to grill and entertain.
The great thing about a stone patio is that the options are endless. There’s a wide range of materials, designs, and features that can be incorporated. You can build a stone patio that’s small and simple, large and elaborate, or anything in between. If you prefer small, intimate gatherings, a simple stone patio with enough space for your grill and some seating may be perfect. Even if you already have a concrete patio, replacing it with a stone patio can drastically improve the aesthetics of your outdoor space and make it feel more inviting.
If you entertain larger groups, you’ll want to opt for a more expansive outdoor space, possibly with multiple functional areas. Start with your cooking area. Upgrade from a grill to a fully functioning kitchen with a built-in grill, appliances, sink, counter space, and even a pizza oven or rotisserie. You’ll also need plenty of space for guests to gather and dine. If you have the space, you can create separate areas for these different functions. Establish one area that will accommodate a table and chairs for dining and another area for socializing. Built-in seating or planter boxes can be used to define and separate the areas. You can also create a feeling of separation by using different materials or different colors of the same material. A fire pit can be a great addition, providing a focal point that guests can gather around.
Whether you’re building a new stone patio, replacing an existing patio, or adding on to an existing patio, Stone Solutions has everything you need. Stone Solutions carries an extensive selection of concrete pavers, stone veneer, wall block, outdoor fireplaces, pizza ovens, outdoor appliances and more. Our experts will be happy to help you select the perfect materials for your new outdoor living area.
During the winter months, landscaping is all but forgotten as the grass and plants go dormant and temperatures drop. But this can actually be a great time to think about your hardscaping. By starting now, you will have ample time to thoroughly plan and design your projects as well as purchase materials. You’ll be ready to begin construction as soon as the weather warms up and be enjoying your new hardscaping while your neighbors are still in the planning stages. Continue reading
Remodeling projects are on the rise, with more than half of U.S. homeowners planning a remodel within the next two years, according to a recent survey from Houzz.com. But the surprise is that the remodeling project with the highest return on investment isn’t inside the home. Continue reading
A paver patio is a great way to make use of your outdoor space. A well-designed patio can serve a variety of purposes, from creating a place to entertain to providing a private spot to relax and unwind. Planning is the key to getting the patio you want. If a new patio is in your future, start planning now so you’re ready to start the installation as soon as warm weather returns in the spring. Continue reading
An outdoor fireplace makes a beautiful focal point to any outdoor space and is a great way to anchor an outdoor living room. In addition, an outdoor fireplace provides a source of light and warmth on chilly evenings, extending usage of your outdoor space into the darker hours and cooler seasons. Continue reading