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Tips to Planning a Spectacular Outdoor Renovation Project
An outdoor renovation can feel like a huge undertaking, especially in the pre-planning stages. After browsing through creative design ideas on Pinterest, Instagram, or a design catalog, you’re probably wondering how you can take all those design elements and create something that’ll suit your outdoor space. Well, fear not! In this article, we’ll share some project management tips to execute a well-planned and successful outdoor renovation, Unilock style.
Identify the Purpose of Your Space
Before the outdoor renovation planning begins, it’s important to understand the purpose of your outdoor space. Whether it’s a fun and safe play area for kids, or a multi-functional living space that’ll host large family gatherings, knowing its intended use will help you prioritize the elements of your space that will truly matter.
Create a Wish List
With a clearly defined purpose in mind, it’s time to research and put together a wish list of features and elements you’d love to incorporate in your outdoor renovation. For example, a swimming pool, fire pit, or a TV wall are great features for a family-friendly backyard retreat. If you plan to host dinner parties, an outdoor kitchen and bar island are ideal features to consider. Keeping a wish list will ensure you stay focused on the purpose of your space.
Prepare an Estimated Budget
Budgeting is a crucial step in any renovation project, and it’s important to have a realistic understanding of the costs involved. To begin, establish an amount that you feel comfortable spending, or an estimated range to give yourself flexibiliy. Get multiple quotes from different contractors; this could include cost breakdowns with different materials and different features, such as a fire pit or swimming pool. It’s important to remember that regardless which paver you choose, the cost of pavers is typically only 20% of the overall project budget, while the remaining 80% comes down to labor, including excavation, base materials, equipment, installation and more. Choosing an experienced contractor is vital to ensure your investment is handled with the utmost care.
Find the Right Professional
One aspect of an outdoor renovation that is often overlooked is the task of selecting a reliable hardscape contractor. Our Unilock Authorized Contractors are the very best of the best. UACs possess the expertise needed to turn your dream outdoor living space into a reality, and the business integrity to bring you peace of mind every step of the way. UACs also have the knowledge and experience in working with a variety of Unilock products, and are dedicated to exceptional craftsmanship.
Identify Potential Challenges
During the planning phase, it’s important to anticipate and address potential challenges that may arise during your renovation. Take a thorough walk around your outdoor space and consider any factors that could impact the installation of your desired features. For example, if you have a slope in your backyard, you may need to consider leveling the land if you want to build an outdoor patio. If you have a smaller space to work with but desire a pool, alternative options like a dipping pool or a smaller water feature can be excellent solutions. Your contractor can be an excellent resource to help you determine what is feasible, based on your existing space and budget.
Make Smart Budget Choices
Who said you have to compromise on your vision due to budget constraints? Unilock understands the importance of balancing your budget while still achieving the outdoor space of your dreams. We offer practical solutions that can significantly reduce costs without sacrificing style. For instance, if a fireplace is on your wish list, consider opting for a fire pit instead. Fire pits are not only budget-friendly but also save space and construction time. Additionally, your contractor may offer deferred payment options to ensure that you can pay off your project over time.
Select Your Products
Now comes the fun part: selecting the perfect products to bring your vision to life! Browse our website to uncover a variety of products and textures available in your region. Once you’ve selected a product, choose a color scheme you feel will complement your home’s existing architecture. Alternatively, you can visit one of our many local Outdoor Idea Centers and browse from a variety of distinct products in a life-sized setting. Your contractor can also provide you with free product samples for you to see and feel, and imagine the possibilities for your project.
Time to Break Ground!
It’s finally time to break ground and start construction on your paver project! While you may not always be physically on-site to oversee the construction process, there are steps you can take to ensure the project runs smooth. Regular communication with your contractor is crucial. Stay involved and check in daily to ensure that the materials being used align with your expectations. By staying present and addressing any concerns along the way, you become your own quality control manager, and safeguard the success of your investment.
Long-Term Care and Maintenance
Once you have completed your outdoor renovation, the next step is to ensure the long-term maintenance and care of your outdoor space. Just like you prepare your home and yard for different seasons, your paving stones also require attention and upkeep. Over time, pavers can accumulate dirt and stains due to seasonal changes. To tackle stubborn stains, you can utilize a power washer on a low setting along with a stiff brush or broom. This combination effectively removes the stains from your pavers.
Another common occurrence that may appear after installing a paving project is known as efflorescence. While this white, powdery deposit might be alarming, it is actually a normal phenomenon and can be mitigated easily. Use dish soap and water, as well as a stiff plastic scrub brush to gently clean the affected areas.
During the winter, it’s important to avoid using sharp wire brushes or metal edges, such as shovels or blades, as they can potentially damage the surface of your pavers. By employing these maintenance practices, you can ensure the longevity and beauty of your outdoor space for years to come.
Who said a renovation has to be stressful? By following these steps, your outdoor renovation project will be a smooth and enjoyable experience. If you’re looking for additional resources, consider downloading our Project Planning Guide, an invaluable tool that is designed to help guide you through the process, with information on selecting the right contractor, choosing materials, budgeting and more.
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Browse our Design Idea Catalog
Explore endless design possibilities through our Design Idea Catalog. Browse our extensive portfolio of paver and wall products, and get inspired by our outstanding design projects that will fuel your creative expression.
Visit an Outdoor Idea Center
Experience the beauty and quality of Unilock paver and wall products in a life-sized setting by visiting a local Outdoor Idea Center. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff are on hand to answer any questions and offer free product samples.