If there’s one material that can handle practically any situation in your landscape, it’s brick pavers. Bricks are versatile, cost-effective, and durable. Best of all, there’s no limit to creativity. Here are three uses of brick pavers for improving your West Bloomfield Township, MI, landscape.
A Patio Becomes a Central Living Space
An investment in outdoor living has the potential to pay for itself multiple times not only in terms of added value, but in added enjoyment. Realtors have listed a patio as one of the top features homebuyers look for—and are willing to pay a premium for—if the patio is attractive, well-built, and cared for. Brick pavers help you achieve all three objectives, plus there are so many more ways you can customize a brick patio to make it unique and inviting. With so many options available, you can transform a boring yard into a spectacular retreat. Of course, you don’t want to base all of your landscape renovation decisions on resale value. You want a space that you can enjoy right now—so you’ll want to work with a hardscape designer who can help you create the best hardscape features for your outdoor living space.
Do you want to feel instant happiness when you step onto your patio? Grab a blanket and a mug of cocoa and come hang out by the fire: A brick fire pit or outdoor fireplace will become the heart of your outdoor entertaining space—especially if it’s taking advantage of a great view. A fire table (a raised fire pit designed with a deep surface for dining) adds serious panache to your outdoor dining space.
Walkways That Set the Tone
Add curb appeal and value by upgrading boring poured concrete walkways to pavers. Pavers—unlike poured concrete or asphalt—are a design feature that complements any home and makes the journey to the front door (or to the backyard) so much more inviting.
To add to the aesthetic, you could have retaining walls constructed in a complementary material alongside your walkway or close by for a problematic slope in your landscape. After all, if you’re going to hold back the earth, you may as well do it in a beautiful way. Brick retaining walls create more usable space. Imagine a curved entertaining space, carved into the hillside, with a fire pit and comfortable built-in seating—your new favorite spot! Retaining walls are also a great way to add overflow seating and create the feeling of separate outdoor spaces.
A Driveway That Instantly Impresses
Heavy-duty bricks make perfect driveway surfaces. They’re much more durable than asphalt, don’t burn bare feet in the summer, provide traction in winter, and of course, add beauty to your home. You can even make your driveway more eco-friendly by installing permeable brick pavers—the bricks themselves are not permeable, but the joints between them are slightly wider to allow snowmelt and rain water to seep into the ground below. This helps prevent ice buildup and runoff, and naturally replenishes the aquifer.
Before you start envisioning a sea of “traditional red brick” around your house, you’ll be happy to know that bricks come in many shapes, colors, and textures. This means you can mix colors, and play with laying patterns to create unique works of art that also happen to be very practical.
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