Tips from EP Henry: Planning a dream patio for a new decade

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Spring is in the air — and that means there’s no better time to design the perfect dream patio for entertaining friends and family or just unwinding after a long day of work. Even before the final frost has come and gone, it’s not too early to get started on making that dream a reality by working up a plan and hiring a contractor.

Spring is in the air — and that means there’s no better time to design the perfect dream patio for entertaining friends and family or just unwinding after a long day of work. Even before the final frost has come and gone, it’s not too early to get started on making that dream a reality by working up a plan and hiring a contractor.

“Most clients know to contact us now, because we book up our work schedules early for the season,” says Dennis Shennard, president of Hightstown, NJ-based landscaping company Groundmasters Inc. “My company usually starts booking for the spring in the previous fall or winter.”

When gathering ideas and reviewing options, homeowners should be realistic about how much time, effort and money they plan to put into patio maintenance. For example, those wanting low-maintenance paver options can turn to EP Henry — a longstanding manufacturer of pavers and other residential concrete products — for its revolutionary ColorTechTM pavers featuring an integrated sealer that lasts longer than topical sealers and is designed to resist staining

With a new decade in full swing, homeowners have more design ideas than ever for their backyard paradise. In the past, a simple paved patio with perhaps a fountain or pond was the norm. Today, as families tend to spend more time indoors with technology, they are trying harder to achieve balance by making their outdoor spaces more usable throughout the year instead of just in the warmest months.

“We’ve been installing infrared heating systems and water misting systems in pavilion-type structures to extend the outside use time during summer and fall,” notes Shennard, an EP Henry Authorized Hardscaping Contractor. “Clients have also asked for outdoor kitchens, fire and water components, and porcelain floor areas to add style and function.”

When budgetary constraints or too many choices make it difficult for homeowners to decide on patio features and design, Shennard suggests starting with a solid foundation that can be built upon over time.

“We’ve had several clients phase their projects over a few years due to budget reasons,” he notes. “I always tell them, ‘This is the basic foundation you will need to build.’ The most important aspect is to get the infrastructure in during the first phase, with all concrete footings, plumbing, electrical and speaker wires installed, and then they can always add in more features later.”

About EP Henry
EP Henry is the oldest American family-owned and operated manufacturer of unit concrete products in North America. Based in Woodbury, New Jersey, EP Henry manufactures a wide range of Hardscaping paving stone and retaining wall products, including their new line of ColorTech™ integrally sealed paving stones offering advanced protection and enhanced color. EP Henry also offers beautiful patio pavers, outdoor kitchen kits, garden wall solutions, design ideas and more to homeowners throughout the Mid-Atlantic states. For more information, visit EPHenry.com or call 800-44-HENRY (800-444-3679).

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