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Hardscapes are the areas or features created by hard surface materials such as stone, bricks, concrete pavers or rock. Patios, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, retaining walls and walkways are all considered hardscape when created out of the durable, natural outdoor material. Hardscape features require minimal maintenance and if installed properly, should last for hundreds or years. Creating these impressive features is Southern Exposure’s specialty.
Hardscape projects add additional square footage to a home or business as it’s a place to be enjoyed year round. Proper installation is crucial to the stability and longevity of your hardscape investment. Choosing a company with certifications and experience is incredibly important.
Southern Exposure holds more certifications than any other company in the triad and exceeds the competition in experience and knowledge: including, Belgard Authorized Contractor– a company producing locally-made paver products, backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal, Techo-Pro Authorized Contractor, Techniseal Authorized Applicator, etc. What this means is we perform the industry’s best practices – we are also Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) and Segmental Retaining Wall (SRW) certified – to ensure the job is done right. We are a smart choice when considering any hardscape project. Our shop boasts over 50 concrete pavers, clay brick pavers, and natural stone options on display in a variety of natural settings.
We also offer free magazines and catalogs featuring beautiful photos to glean ideas from as well. Our hardscape options range from small, do-it-yourself kits to fully customized features designed
and installed specifically for your space. Our 3D design options allow you to do a virtual walk-through of your space before the work begins. Southern Exposure installs projects in Summerfield, Greensboro, Oak Ridge, Kernersville, High Point, Burlington, Browns Summit and Winston-Salem. We will travel further for large projects. Browse below for a small sampling of our work and hardscape options.
You can overlay them with pavers. If you find yourself facing having to renovate a damaged poolscape, then overlaying the pool deck with pavers offers a number of benefits. Watch the video below to learn about drainage considerations, ROI, ease of maintenance, color-matching, and cost savings that can come with a custom paver pool deck.
A patio is an outdoor space that typically adjoins a residence or structure, but can also be a stand-alone element. There are many surface materials to choose from when creating a patio. Southern Exposure specializes in brick, concrete pavers, and natural stone. The most important element to having a beautiful, long-lasting patio is a properly installed base. Without a good foundation, the patio and any structure placed on it will be short-lived and in need of repair. Southern Exposure has the expertise, experience and certifications necessary to create a beautiful and properly installed patio the first time, every time. Below is a sample of some of the patios Southern Exposure has installed over the years. Southern Exposure can help you design your outdoor space as well as choosing the right materials to match the architecture and style of your home or business.
Walkways create a sense of direction and boundaries in an outdoor space. A walkway is basically a long patio and is installed in a similar fashion. Southern Exposure specializes in creating walkways using concrete pavers, brick, and natural stone. Whether you're going for a traditional brick style, modern large-slab paver style or a meandering natural stepping stone walkway, Southern Exposure has the experience and expertise to handle your hardscape project and execute it beautifully and professionally.
A driveway makes a huge statement about your home. Cracked concrete or an uneven dirt path can give even the best maintained homes a poor first impression. A large expanse of concrete pavers or natural stone gives a sense of beauty and completion. Much like patios and walkways, the most important part of a driveway is the unseen, the foundation. Driveways are not do-it-yourself projects. Due to the large area covered by a driveway and the amount of constant weight the surface will need to endure, it's important to hire a professional that has the experience and proper equipment to do the job right. Southern Exposure has installed a variety of driveways, using a variety of materials. Our designer can help you choose a material that is in keeping of the style of your home and budget.
Retaining Walls, Seat Walls, and Steps help to define spaces, create usable flat spaces, retain earth and give a space dimension. There are many materials to choose from when creating walls. Southern Exposure specializes in brick, concrete pavers, natural stone and boulder walls. Proper installation is crucial for a long-lasting retaining wall and cutting corners could lead to a total collapse. Southern Exposure has the expertise, experience and certifications necessary to create a beautiful and properly installed retaining wall and seat wall the first time, every time. Below is a sample of some of the walls Southern Exposure has installed over the years. Southern Exposure can help you designing your outdoor space as well as choosing the right materials to match the architect and style of your home or business.
Cooler weather only means one thing…FIRE. Get the smores sticks and gather up your kids to enjoy the elements this fall and winter with a fireplace or firepit...or both! One of the biggest considerations during the initial design phases of an outdoor living space that incorporates a fire feature is what type of material to use. What is it going to look like? Aged and rustic, or sharp and modern? Natural Stone, brick, and concrete are a few materials that could be used. Style is the main determining factor with materials as each of these materials is waterproof and heat-resistant, so the one chosen will largely depend on the look a customer is aiming for.
Fireplaces can also contain a multitude of features. Depending on the individuals needs and tastes, options include wood burning capability, charcoal or gas in order to make them suitable for cooking as well. Log lighters are an excellent upgrade requiring little cost and a lot of bang. Think about the last time you made a fire. How long did it take you to get started? Were the kids ready to go inside just about the time it started roaring? A log lighter allows you to start full size logs immediately and then cut off gas once the fire has caught. Great upgrade! Size and shape can vary greatly in width, depth, and height.
There’s a lot to be said for a custom-designed work of art that is in essence a permanent structure. A custom fire feature can be tailored to match the landscape and décor of the home where it is placed. It’s also more durable since it is built from high-quality materials. Having an outdoor fireplace can create a focal point for the client and could even increase one’s property values in and around Greensboro, Summerfield, Oak Ridge, etc. in Guilford County.
Southern Exposure Landscape Management brings over 20 years of experience designing dream gardens in The Piedmont Triad area. We have the ability to design and create custom outdoor fire pits and fireplaces that will have your neighbors asking themselves or all the time. Attention grabbing and functional fire features can reflect the customer’s unique personality and give years of enjoyment. Contact us today for more information.
Benefits of an Outdoor Fire Feature
Many people tend to think that fire pits and fireplaces are only used on North Carolina summer evenings; however, the fact is that they beckon people to an outdoor space in any season. They are perfect for enjoying a crisp autumn evening or gazing at the stars on a clear wintry night.
Warming up before performing outdoor chores during the winter months is a great excuse through a few logs on the fire. Building a cozy fire can be an excellent way in Guilford County to find a relaxing place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee during cool spring or fall mornings.
Memories are made outside, get your family outdoors and create lasting memories for the entire family around a firepit. Remembering roasting hot dogs and marshmallows is an easy memory to look back on as an adult now. Installing a beautiful handcrafted natural stone or tumbled block firepit can turn your backyard into an impromptu camp out any day of the week, as it provides an excellent place to gather around while singing songs and telling stories.
Outdoor Kitchens provide the ultimate outdoor entertainment experience. Just like in the home, the kitchen is where family and guests gather. Outdoor kitchens can vary in size, layout, function and budget. From a built-in grill and counter to an expanse of counter space and bar with multiple grills, sink, drink cooler and fridge, the options are limitless. A 3D design from Southern Exposure can help you visualize the space and manipulate your layout before the project begins. Outdoor kitchen can be created using concrete pavers, natural stone, stone veneers and any combination of those materials.