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Things to Consider When Choosing Stone Pavers

Things to Consider When Choosing Stone Pavers

Before you can relax with a beverage in the backyard on your beautiful new patio, you must choose a designer to help you build it. That’s where we come in!  Not only is Quinn’s your lawn and softscapes services provider, we are the areas leading stone supplier and hardscaping company in Northern VA.  Quinn’s has decades of experience in the development and construction of stone patios and can recommend a range of products to suit your style and specifications.

When choosing pavers for your stone patio, consider:

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Color

Stone pavers come in a variety of shades, primarily earth tones, from cream and tan to brown, grey, charcoal, limestone and sandstone. Choose stone that will complement the colors already present in your landscape or make a bold statement by choosing hues with high contrast.

Style

Brick, cobble, tile, slate, flagstone: These are only a few of the styles of paving stones available for purchase and installation from Quinn’s Landscaping. (Ask us about designing something totally different; we’ll be happy to discuss with you special order options.) Your choice of stone type will, of course, influence color as well as texture.

Texture

Choose smooth or weathered pavers; embossed (dimpled or pocked) pavers; or pavers that are smooth and embossed. Slate and flagstone pavers are textured as slate and flagstone will be. What type and texture of stone paver you choose will depend largely on your aesthetic tastes.

Pattern

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Some of our hardscape clients in Northern VA prefer their paver patios be designed with stones in straight lines, while others request herringbone, geometric, circular or random patterning. There is no right or wrong. And it’s all up to you.

When you work with Quinn’s Landscaping to design and install a stone paver patio, our goal is a space you’ll love; one you’ll enjoy for years and years to come. After all, it’s yours. Call us today with your ideas, and let’s get to work, together.

Hardscapes, Water Features, Lighting, and Other Landscape Designs to Improve Your Property

designPerhaps the best part about being a property owner is the ability to change the design of the home and landscape. Certain additions can provide exceptional resale value and improve your feelings toward your home. Here are a few landscape design projects that can really take your property to the next level.

Hardscaping Projects

  • Outdoor Kitchens — According to Inman, outdoor kitchens can bring return on investments (ROI) of up to 200%. Although these outdoor kitchens are major hardscaping projects, as long as you plan far enough in advance, budget properly, and consult with quality landscaping companies, you will love your new addition.
  • Patios — Having a nice patio can provide a wonderful spot for relaxation after a hard week or work. Not only will your home be worth more after a patio, you’ll have a great place to sit and relax whenever you want.
  • Stone Walkways — Imagine how much more beautiful your property will be once you have a nice stone walkway on your lawn. Whether it’s from the front yard up to the doorway or the side of the house to your new patio, stone walkways will make you feel like you are living in your dream home.

Water Features

Water additions on your property can bring you a significant value uptick as well as the ability to relax and appreciate your landscape more than you could’ve ever imagined. Whether you want intricate, large water designs or small, simple water-based projects, adding these features to your property can take your home to the next level.

Landscape Lighting

  • Step Lighting — This form of lighting will provide illumination to the steps spread across your living space. Step lighting provides beautiful and well-lit walking paths across your property.
  • Shadowing — This method of landscape lighting uses the shadow of physical structures to enhance the look of your space. The lighting fixture is placed in front of a certain feature and creates a nice looking shadow on the object behind.
  • Moonlighting — This lighting strategy uses a natural effect to emulate real moonlight. Cool blue LED lamps are often used to create the natural moonlight feel.

If you want to learn about these landscaping projects and much more, contact Quinn’s Landscaping and Lawn Service today.

3 Reasons Why You Should Improve Your Home’s Landscape

wallsProperty owners have the ability to constantly improve their homes and landscapes. That’s why being a homeowner is so much better than renting — you can fully customize just about every aspect of your entire property. Why live in an apartment with plain walls and no space when you can have your own home and do virtually whatever you want to improve it?

In addition to painting the walls whatever color you want, hanging any pieces of art you like, and doing anything to the interior of your home to make it better, working on improving your landscape can provide even more tangible and intangible benefits. Here are a few reasons why you should improve your home’s landscape design.

Boost Your Home’s Value
Spending as little as 5% of your home’s value on landscaping projects and lawn care can earn you a return on investment (ROI) of as much as 150%. You might have no intention of selling your home in the near future, but it’ll still be nice to know that your property will be worth more than its original listing price. If you do decide to sell, doing so after a few quality landscaping projects can ensure you’re getting much higher value for your home.

Productive Use of Time
Doing some of these outdoor projects is actually a healthy and productive use of your time and energy as well. Sadly, many homeowners who never do any landscaping projects or add new additions to their home end up feeling resentment toward their home. Don’t let your home dwindle over the years. Get outside and get to work on some fun do-it-yourself landscaping projects.

Achieve Your Dream Property
Working on your property by keeping up with cleaning and doing DIY projects can help you get closer to your dream property, but working with a professional landscaping team can help you truly get the property you’ve always wanted. Think about how wonderful your property will be after adding a patio, fireplace, or new driveway. Don’t just live in the same boring home for years and years — it’s time to get the property of your dreams.

If you’re thinking about improving your property’s landscape, contact Quinn’s Landscaping and Lawn Service today!

Design A Landscape Lighting Plan That Showcases Your Style

Landscape lighting is functional, but should also be aesthetically pleasing. Consider selecting several varieties of fixtures to add a sense of variety and visual appeal. A thoughtfully designed landscape lighting plan is one that not only ushers your family and guests home safely, but one that attracts interest and attention.

Design a landscape lighting plan that is soft and inviting.

Indirect lighting appears softer and more natural, so if you’re looking for an alternative to traditional path lighting, ask your Manassas VA landscape designer about uplighting, moonlighting, and how outdoor gathering spaces can benefit from indirect lighting of this type. Because no one wants to sit around a fire for warmth and conversation… and bulbs that shine bright in their eyes.

Call attention to your hardscapes.

Draw attention to your fire pit, or add just a little extra light for cooking outdoors by lighting your yard’s architectural elements with outdoor LED tape; these strands of light provide the flexibility to illuminate your favorite hardscape in a subtle and effective manner.

Understand that less is more.

Think of landscape lighting as a subtle method for directing the eye (and your feet) where to go next. Placement is critical: Too many fixtures can flood the field and make your walkway look like a runway strip. Too few, and it’s too dark. In general, fewer lights placed thoughtfully and strategically is the general recommendation; less is more.

Know when to use cool light, and when to use warm.

The distinction is pretty simple and easy to remember: Use warm, yellow and orange lights for manmade objects (e.g., statues, fire pits, outdoor kitchens) and cooler, blue lighting for trees, shrubs, and other greenery. We advise Manassas VA homeowners who call us to plan landscape lighting before planting new trees or enhancing the architecture of your yard whenever possible.

Use landscaping lighting to accentuate your most interesting plants.

Path lights are used to set boundaries and provide visual guidance at night, but can also add color and texture to the overall visual appeal of your spaces. Position path lighting near interesting plans or your favorite gnome, to infuse a little late-night garden charm.

Call Manassas VA’s landscape lighting expert, Quinn’s Landscaping & Lawn Service, to discuss your ideas and how we can turn your backyard into a lovely, lit oasis.

3 Hardscapes That Will Greatly Improve Your Property

hardscapesAs a homeowner, it’s important to focus on the landscaping of your property by keeping the entire area properly maintained and adding new additions that could increase the property value. Improving your landscaping can include anything from cultivating a garden to planting a few new trees, but adding a few hardscapes to your property is an even better way to improve its look and feel.

Here are a few hardscapes that you could have built or installed on your property that will increase the overall value of your home and your enjoyment of your yard.

Stone Walkways
No matter where you have a stone walkway put down on your lawn, as soon as it’s complete, your property value will undoubtedly skyrocket because it looks so nice. Imagine the look on your neighbors’ faces as they pass your home every day, staring out at the beautiful stone walkway that leads to another part of your property that might make them even more jealous, like a patio or gazebo.

Patios
A nice stone walkway spread across your landscape leading to a lovely patio? Is there anything that you could add to your property that screams “Dream Home” more? According to the Gallop Organization, patios actually have a perceived increase value of up to 12%. The best part about being a property owner is that you never have to settle for what you currently have. You might love your backyard, but if you think it would really come together with a well-designed patio — go for it! There is no better way to relax on a warm summer night than by spending it on your backyard patio, unless, of course, you consider having a cozy fireplace and a grill on that patio.

Fireplace and Grills
Having a large stone fireplace and grill area installed on your freshly paved patio can really bring your backyard together. On the off chance that you want to sell your home, you will see your property value significantly increase after installing the walkway, patio, and new fireplace. If you don’t sell and you just enjoy seeing how much your home would be worth, you’ll also enjoy the added benefit of relaxing in your improved yard with all the great new additions.

So fire up your new grill, light a nice fire, and revel as your guests walk up your new stone walkway. Contact Quinn’s Landscaping and Lawn Service today if you are thinking about adding any beautiful hardscapes to your property.

Want to Improve Your Property? Keep These 3 Landscaping Tips in Mind

Manassas VA lawn service companyImproving your home’s landscaping is a great way to increase the overall value of your property. Wholly 97% of real estate agents agree that landscaping is a top-five home improvement. Homeowners can even expect up to a 215% return on investment for certain landscape improvements.

Whether you’re completely revamping your lawn landscape design or just starting with some routine property projects, there are a few things you should be aware of before any landscaping project.

Plan Out Everything

Major landscaping projects can cause plenty of stress for homeowners. But if you aren’t careful, and start a project that you might not have the means to finish, you could become completely overwhelmed. By planning out every single detail of your landscaping project, you’ll be able to identify how far along you are during each stage of the project. During your planning, if you realize you won’t be able to finish because of timing or another factor, you’ll be able to adjust your plans before it’s too late. Jumping right into projects can lead to a nightmare if you end up having to cut a job short. You don’t want to be looking at a torn apart lawn for an extended period of time, so plan out every little detail beforehand.

Stick to a Realistic Budget

Budgeting should be part of your planning process, but it’s so important it deserves its own individual focus. Realistically determining your budget — and forcing yourself to stick to it — is an essential part of any property landscaping job. You need to compartmentalize your budgeting strategy, as well. As you plan out what projects you’re going to begin over the next few months, budget out exactly how much each individual project is going to cost and make sure that aligns with your overall budget.

Get Professional Help

Some of these projects can be so difficult that they will take years to finish on your own. Working with experienced landscaping professionals is a great way to finish these landscaping jobs in a reasonable amount of time. You’ll also have the added benefit of making sure they’re done correctly. Contact Quinn’s Landscaping and Lawn Service, Inc. today.

Outdoor Landscape & Hardscape Design Ideas

A new outdoor space is a large investment that will be a permanent part of your home, so it’s important to think carefully about the outdoor landscape and hardscape design choices you make. However, getting the “creative juices” flowing can be tough for some of us. Here are some tips and recommendations to help you along this process. 

What are your goals for the landscape or hardscape project?

Knowing what you are trying to achieve can be really helpful in narrowing down the many design options that are available. For instance, are you looking for a place to grill and entertain guests outside or are you just looking for a place for your family to relax during the afternoon? Does this space compliment a pool or existing features or are you starting from scratch?

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See, touch and feel each product

Consider which texture and designs might be the best fit for the type of project you’re planning. If you will be walking you don’t want anything to slick or too rough if you could be barefoot.

Ask for samples

Most landscape and hardscaping companies will provide samples for you to bring home to try next to your existing landscape.

Consider your project size and space

Choose a pattern that works relative to the size and space of your project. Generally, smaller landscaping pavers work well in smaller spaces while larger pavers work well in larger spaces. So if you’re working with a smaller space you may consider a pattern that utilizes smaller stones so the design isn’t overpowering. For a random feel, look for a pattern that utilizes three or more sizes of paver; for a more uniform appeal, choose a pattern that uses just one or two sizes. 

Consider patio borders and other features

Patio Designs Northern VAA border adds unique flare to your design and can help define different areas in an outdoor living room or the edge of a pool deck. Consider the borders you have planned for your outdoor landscape and hardscape design when choosing a laying pattern as some patterns work more easily with borders than others.  Around a fire pit or water feature you might consider a curved or circular pattern.

Add an accent or border

Think one color is boring? Add a border, accent or inlay in your design with a different color to create a subtle variation that is appealing to the eye. By using the same accent in your walls, pillars or planters you will create a cohesive look and feel, and make your project feel special. 

 

Consider the specific application

Outdoor Backyard Design Ideas Northern VAAre you paving a pool deck? Or adding an extension to your existing patio? Perhaps you’re connecting your driveway to your backyard retreat with a walkway. Each application might be best suited for a different color. For a pool deck, we recommend light colors that are cooler on the feet, while a driveway might be better suited for a darker shade.   If you’re adding onto an existing patio you might decide to complement the color rather than try to match it exactly.

Find your backyard landscape inspiration

Visit Quinn’s showroom in Manassas, VA to see and touch the products for your outdoor landscape and hardscape design project. This can help you appreciate how the color swatches you see in a catalog look in real life applications. Or take drive through a neighborhood and take note of the colors and patterns you see in stone hardscapes, landscapes and water features. You may even find inspiration in the exterior brick of your home, other elements of your landscape or a door color. You can compare colors, textures, styles and designs to help determine what best fits your home and you’ll discover products and combinations you never thought of. Whether you live in Fairfax, VA, Great Falls or Ashburn our Manassas showroom is only a quick and easy drive away. 

Wholesale Paver and Stone Suppliers in Northern VA

Quinn’s Landscaping & Lawn Service is proud to be an authorized dealer for Unilock; a manufacturer of high quality concrete pavers, wall systems and other masonry products.

Founded by Ed Bryant in 1972 as the first North American company to manufacture concrete pavers, Unilock Select pavers lead the industry with proprietary technologies, ensuring that your paver and wall projects will provide many years of enjoyment.  Unilock provides a transferable lifetime guarantee on the structural integrity of their paving stones, slabs and retaining wall units. Their world class production facilities are renowned for their safety and cleanliness and are staffed with the most experienced production people in the industry.

Whether you are a local Landscaping company looking for hardscaping materials or a General Contractor needing stone, Quinn’s has everything you need for the job.  Stop by our office to see our outdoor display and samples.

Winter Landscaping

Ok so December’s here, and if you want something ready to go in the spring, contact us now to get your project started! We can build patios, walls, driveways, water features, during the winter. As a matter of fact, most of what we install can be done during any month of the year – so please call us now and take advantage of the lower prices and our short backlog of work.

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