4 Steps to Creating Your Perfect PatioMarch 4, 2015
By Charles H. Gamarekian
A patio, or outdoor living space, is a great addition to any home. It's a versatile space that is not only great for you and your family, but will also increase the value of your home. These four tips will help you get started on your dream backyard.
1. Create your Vision
The first step when planning your perfect patio is to create an image of what your imagination is picturing. You know what you want your patio to look like, so instead of trying to describe the specifications of your project idea abstractly to a contractor, create a photo representation using a program like Cambridge's DesignScape Visualizer. The DesignScape Visualizer will allow you to upload a photo of your backyard and add products you're interested in.
It's beneficial to have an image of what you want in your backyard to provide your contractor. It's a great way to ensure that everyone is on the same page, and you'll end up with the backyard of your dreams.
2. Find the Right Contractor for the Job
Cambridge Pavers offers a list of Authorized Cambridge Dealers you can reach out to for recommendations for a certified, professional pavingstone contractor or provide detailed Do-It-Yourself instructions and helpful advice. If you're going to be finding a contractor on your own, there are certain measures to take to ensure that your project is being handled with the utmost care and responsibility.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure that their credentials are up to date and they have the proper licenses for your project. Research a contractor before committing. Check references and look at reviews on their social platforms to see what other homeowners are saying about their experiences and ask to see photos of their previous work. Don't be afraid to ask questions, your contractor should be willing and able to answer any questions you may have.
3. Be Prepared for the Work to Start
Once you've found your contractor, you'll work together to draw up a contract. Make sure your contract is specific-you want it to detail exactly what will be done, and exactly what materials will be used. Your contract should also include a payment schedule. If you want any changes after the work has started, make sure you update the contract. It should reflect your most current agreements with your contractor.
You'll also want to ensure that you have all the necessary permits. This is generally the contractor's job, so be wary of any contractors who insist you get the permits. Under no circumstances should you complete your project without the required permits, you can be subjected to fines and it may cause you problems if you resell your home.
4. Talk to Your Contractor
Communication is key when creating your perfect patio. Be sure to discuss the hours the contractor will be working, what equipment or materials will be left at your residence, and whether the contractor and workers will need access to the inside of your home. If you see any potential issues, speak up right away. It will be harder to fix issues after your contractor has completed the job and moved on to another project.