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How a Custom Patio Benefits Your Property

How a Custom Patio Benefits Your Property

Custom patios add value to your home and increase overall outdoor living space. More livable space means more room for relaxing and spending time with family in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, and nearby areas in Colorado.

Our hardscapes are designed and built by our professionals with sturdy, long-lasting materials that provide a useful new living area capable of supporting quality furniture, cooking equipment, and more.


Custom Patios Offer a Good Return on Investment (ROI)

Adding a custom patio to your home offers a good return on investment or ROI. According to Supermoney.com, patios can provide a return that ranges from 30% - 60%. The return will depend upon property value and real estate trends in your area. If quality materials are used, and the patio is a central feature of the home the value can be even higher. Overall, the investment is a worthy one, which can make your home more attractive to a buyer if you choose to sell.


Custom Hardscapes Provide Extended Living Space

A patio we installed at a Loveland home.

When the weather is nice, families are often drawn to the outdoors to enjoy it. A custom patio ensures they have a place that's slightly elevated from the rest of the yard and provides a stable, level area for quality patio furniture.

When designed properly, drainage will be taken into consideration, sending water away from the patio. Outdoor furniture will stay cleaner and is designed to dispel heat, which adds extra comfort in your new outdoor...

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Why Your Outdoor Living Space Needs Custom Water Features

Why Your Outdoor Living Space Needs Custom Water Features

When you work to create a beautiful outdoor living space on your property, you want to create one that’s tranquil and seamlessly blends into the nature around your yard. Our spaces integrate native plants and boulders, but one other way we can put some more nature into your landscaping is by adding water features. Water features can add texture, sound, and other aspects.

Here are some ways that water features can accentuate your outdoor living space in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, and surrounding areas in Colorado.


Water Features Complement Your Landscaping and Property

A custom waterfall and pond in Fort Collins, CO.

Water features, like ponds or waterfalls, can bring the bubbling sounds of nature to your doorstep. Another perk of custom water features is that they can be designed to fit any space. Bigger ponds are great for larger properties, whereas pondless waterfalls can fit into a smaller space. The pros at Alive Outside Landscaping can consult with you on where would be the best area to install a custom water feature. Often, they may fit into space in your yard that was going unused.

Another benefit of water features is that they can increase your property’s value, meaning they are a great return on investment.

There is some maintenance required for water features like ponds, as algae will accumulate if the feature isn’t cleaned. If you’re looking for one that doesn’t require as much maintenance, a smaller feature such as a pondless waterfall would be...

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New Retaining Wall, Custom Patio, Fire Pit, & Landscaping in Fort Collins, CO

New Retaining Wall, Custom Patio, Fire Pit, & Landscaping in Fort Collins, CO

Adding outdoor living space to your home in Fort Collins, CO, can increase property value and also give you extra space for entertaining friends and family. It’s a great way to create a space that you can love and enjoy all year.

When this homeowner came to us with a desire for an improved outdoor living space, we consulted with them on what their needs were and then designed a space that not only looks beautiful but is also highly functional.


Developing a Space to Fit the Homeowner’s Needs

Our homeowner wanted an outdoor living space for entertaining. They wanted to include a custom fire pit, build a retaining wall, add in some steps down to the rest of the yard, and put in a spot for their hot tub. We took these needs into consideration during the landscape design phase.


Constructing a Retaining Wall & Stone Steps

Our project for this Fort Collins customer included custom stone steps.

Retaining walls prevent soil erosion and also help with the overall aesthetics of a property. In this case, we added a retaining wall that also had a raised planter bed. This gives the homeowner an additional area where they can opt to add in more of our beautiful native Colorado plants.

This retaining wall that we built using concrete blocks served as the base for the rest of the project, as it helped to elevate the outdoor living space from the rest of the yard.

For easy access to the rest of the yard, we added in stone steps in the front and off to the side.


Creating a Custom Paver Patio

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Average Price of an Outdoor Kitchen

Average Price of an Outdoor Kitchen

Adding livable space to the exterior areas of your property is a sound investment that allows your family to kick back in the fresh air and soak up some sunshine. One great way to do this is with a brand new outdoor kitchen!

The average price of the outdoor kitchen installations we have performed for customers in the Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, CO area is between $10,000 and $30,000, and includes everything you need to maximize your outdoor living space.

Our contractors will consult with you during the planning phase to make your ideal kitchen a reality. Cost will vary depending upon the options you choose, which often include fire pits, fireplaces, and new patio installs.

We build lasting spaces with the most attractive materials:

  • Stainless steel for sinks and grills
  • Stone or pavers for patios and seating walls
  • Granite (including high-end), limestone, and travertine for counters and bars

Our designs are custom to your needs, and can be created using a variety of colors and textures. They are crafted to create a seamless transition from the inside of your home to the outside. The newly created space will truly be an extension of your home.

The price for outdoor kitchens includes complete design and construction, along with the needed appliances, grills, and sinks. We run power, water, and gas to the appliances as required.


Average Return on Investment & Increased Property Value With Outdoor Kitchens

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Our new website has been launched live!

Our new website has been launched live!

We would like to announce our new website has been launched! We are very excited about new and existing customers being able to find us online, learn about our services and get in contact with us.

Come back often for great lawn care and landscaping information!

Part of our new website is a blog that we'll be utilizing to provide you with lawn care tips, reminders and other great lawn and landscaping information. We encourage you to join in and comment on our posts with your questions, opinions and requests.

The new site will continue to grow!

Since we just launched the website, there are many things we'll be adding into the future. When you see or talk to us, let us know what you think! Your feedback is important as we strive to offer the best lawn service possible.

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