Small details can have a big impact in deciding how to build a patio and how to build beautiful hardscape. The materials you choose will be determined by personal preference, the location of your patio, your patio budget and the size of the outdoor space. We are also experts at building fire pits and building retaining walls. We will help you make the best decision to ensure you get the most patio value and most hardscape value that will work together and complement your house’s architectural style. Check out some of the patio and hardscape materials we have experience with.
Combining a mixture of sand, water, cement and gravel, concrete is a recipe that has lasted the test of time. You can form, mold and conform concrete to almost any surface or any shape. It is durable and easy to maintain. You can make it smooth concrete, stamped concrete, brushed concrete, scored concrete, colored concrete, tinted concrete, decorated concrete with inlays, painted concrete, pebble concrete or patterned concrete. One of the biggest advantages of concrete is that it is the least expensive option, but concrete can crack and you may have to install a concrete patch.
Brick is a classic, neat and clean look that is made by firing a mixture of clay and other materials in its category. Brick is versatile and is used for brick pathways, brick walls and brick edging. Popular brick patterns include herringbone, running bond and jack-on-jack.
Flagstone is very popular and comes in many colors and sizes depending on the quarry and area in which you live. These typically large flat slabs of stone are irregular shapes that usually are 1 to 3 inches thick. Flagstone comes in sandstone, limestone, bluestone, quartzite and more. Usually flagstone must be laid on soil, sand or in concrete when the flagstone you pick is not that thick.
Pavers are made to look like brick, cobblestone or cut stone and can be interlocking pavers that fit together like a puzzle. They come in multiple sizes, colors and shapes. One of the best things about the interlocking pavers is you do not need grout or mortar. Pavers can fade over time and can feel spongy during the wet months. Older patios installed without laying polymetric sand can have week growth and ant colonies by them.
There are 3 types of unglazed tile, including: porcelain, terracotta and quarry. Tile is an option many love, but you must be careful when it gets wet because it can get very slippery. Sealers are needed to protect from stain, moisture and wear.
The natural look of cut stone is unmatched and is the real deal, but it can be one of the most expensive options. Cut stone can be with granite, marble, slate, travertine, limestone, blue stone, phyllite, sandstone and more. Mortar between stones comes in different colors and can crack after 5-10 years, but we can help you with decisions and ways to avoid future issues. Stone also needs to be maintained with a sealant every 1-2 years.
Block and Retaining Walls
Marin county’s hills, topography and elevation variation make it a beautiful place to live, but it can cause issues. Block and retaining walls will increase space, prevent flooding and improve aesthetics. Rain in the winter season can get heavy at times in Marin County and floodwater can cause sinkholes, runoffs and damage your property. By building a block or retaining wall you can prevent all of this from happening and re-route the water to drain properly. We build retaining walls that will support vertical grade changes, downward slope movement, make landscape tiers and prevent soil erosion. We use masonry, interlocking blocks, interlocking bricks, reinforced concrete, steel I beams, steel rebars, timber and many other materials to strengthen the property. We can help you choose material that will blend in with your property so that you barely notice the block or retaining wall is even there. After installing hundreds of retaining walls with happy customers, there is a reason we are Marin County’s top Block and Retaining Wall experts for both residential and commercial properties.
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Outdoor Fire Place and Outdoor Fire Pits
With all of our micro climates in Marin County, it most certainly can get hot, but one thing you can count on is that it will cool off in the evening making Marin County a phenomenal place to have an outdoor fireplace or outdoor fire pit. There is nothing like gathering your family and friends around the outdoor fire pit to gather and tell stories or make s’mores. The natural ambience of the flickering flames creates a warmth and ambiance for the environment. With the spare the air alerts and regulations in Marin County, we typically install natural gas fire pits, propane fire pits and electric fire pits. We build gas fire pits that are hooked up to your home’s gas source so that you do not need to refill propane tanks every few months. Our experienced builders will make sure you have all earthquake gas valve fixtures hooked up to keep you and your family safe. Natural gas does not create smoke or embers as another advantage. We do know how to build natural fire pits if there is a need. We employ some of the best concrete and masonry technicians that can build you exactly what you are looking for in an outdoor fire place. We also know how to build a fire pits in the ground and inset fire pits. We can build a high-end fire pit, a fire pit on a budget and even a cheap fire pit to match smaller budgets. Our team is knowledgeable and experienced and there is a reason we are Marin County’s top Fireplace and Fire Pit builder.
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Serving All of Marin County cities, including: Belvedere, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Novato, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito and Tiburon