Driveways & Patios
Exterior Design Atlanta is a leading installer of brick pavers, interlocking pavers and cement driveways, patios and sidewalks in and around metropolitan Atlanta. It is really unbelievable how many times we see improperly installed driveways and patios, and we have the solution: Bid Forms. Upon providing our clients with a formal quote and conceptual sketch/drawing of your driveway or patio, which outlines in details exactly what we will be doing on Your Project, we provide a Bid Form that you can present to other bidders to ensure that they are providing you with a cost breakdown of all items in their estimate, to ensure they are giving you a true “apples to apples” quote. This ensures that your project will have all of the necessary elements that will prevent premature breakdown due to an installer taking shortcuts on your project just to come in with a low cost bid in order to win the bid. This scenario is a protection measure for us as well, because we know that our pricing is not only accurate, but competitive.
Designing a driveway, sidewalk or patio starts with material selection, and at Exterior Design Atlanta, we have a multitude of options to present to our clients, along with a huge portfolio of images to assist in making your selection. From the standard poured concrete, to stamped concrete, concrete sections mixed grass, various flat or round stone, or even fake grass, we have the concrete driveway department covered.
One of the most common issues that we will see at a clients home is a cracked or sinking driveway, and this maybe your problem as well. This is usually caused by poor installation and preparation from an installer who skipped corners to save money on materials in order to win the bid for the work. Installation concrete driveways without proper compaction and minimum 4 inches of compacted gravel, or pouring the cement driveway with steel re-bar for reinforcement is a sure way for a driveway to crack as soon as a heavy vehicle traverses it. At Exterior Design Atlanta, we use the correct mix of 3-4,000 psi concrete with fiber and re-bar for reinforcement, along with proper sectioning widths, and control joints to prevent this from happening. Remember, saving a few dollars on an initial bid will cost you more down the road.
We love brick pavers, and we feel that brick pavers driveways, patios and sidewalks create a more aesthetically appealing look that a plain driveway, and there are other advantages as well. Durability and strength, versatility, speed of installation and a variety of options including color, size and layout. The Long term benefits of brick pavers is the overall maintenance and replacement cost is significantly lower than other forms of paving materials, such as asphalt or cement because you can simply remove and replace a brick as needed, although proper installation should eliminate this problem for a long period of time.
Terraces and Decks
Who doesn’t love spending time on their patio or deck? A gorgeous patio made of Pennsylvania Blue Stone and Monkey grass grout lines can transform your boring back yard into a gorgeous landscape retreat. Or how about a wood deck made of either tongue and groove composite wood, or beautiful cedar wood? Either of these are just a sampling of options to create an area that is perfect for relaxing and entertaining.
Deck surfaces are available in a variety of materials. Natural wood, pressure treated wood, and composite materials are all possibilities a homeowner needs to consider for their deck. Obviously there are advantages to each, and each has its limitations. Decking made of natural wood has a beauty unmatched by other materials but has regular maintenance requirements. Cedar, Mahogany, and Iron Wood as a decking surface, requires some maintenance on a regular basis also. All can be stained to the owners color preference. Manufactured decking requires much less maintenance but some, never the less. It is generally a composite of wood and a plastic. These materials come in variety of colors, wood grains and profiles. This material has minimal maintenance and is the choice of many homeowners.
The Deck and Terraces has a number of many different materials for both decking and rails on display at their design studio from various vendors. It should be noted that the underlying deck structure is built with pressure treated wood for any of the decking surfaces mentioned. This is required for strength, rigidity, and long life.
When we design a deck, we take into consideration, proper space planning to allow room for tables, chairs, barbeques, food prep areas and other features you would like to incorporate into your deck. When creating a design we take into consideration the size of the property and the ability to maintain views. We employ the use of wide stairs, called wrap around stairs, to keep that open air feeling to the area. The beauty of the landscape beyond can be brought onto the deck through the use of built in planters. Socializing is made simple and beautiful through the addition of custom seating built into the deck in a “L” Shape or 3 sided bench. Railings can be tailored through the use of manufactured rails and modifications that we have custom designed ourselves.
All of our decks are built to code including concrete footings 36″ deep and 12″ diameter. Our decks are designed to be safe and unique. For those clients not wishing to go with the traditional rectangular deck, an angular (octagonal), rounded, or curved deck and rails can be designed to suit their outdoor needs. Decks are built to bring the outdoor space up to the same level as the home. When faced with a steep slope, a higher deck can lead down to a lower deck creating multiple levels. A deck built around a portable hot tub gives the appearance of a built-in spa and grants easy access to the spa.
What exactly is a Terrace? A terrace is a raised level with a vertical or sloping front or sides faced with masonry, turf, or similar material. A deck is an open, unroofed porch or platform typically constructed with 2×4 or 2×6″ wood planks, rather than stone or grass.