That time of year we’ve been dreaming of is finally upon us: Spring!
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The popularity of the patio makes a lot of sense.
Canadians want low-maintenance, and there are few things that require less effort than stone. A properly installed patio with a good base and jointing sand can easily last 25 years. That’s one important reason to make sure you pick a stone that you will love the entire time you have the space. It also justifies the costs. Patios rank as one of the highest expenses for outdoor renovations, but if you average the cost over the lifespan and the increased home-value of up to 12% (Century21, Canada); patios are a smart investment.
Like some Canadians, I was lucky enough to ignore winter for a week this year and escape down south. I needed a break from snow and cold and wanted a little sun and colour back in my life. These types of trips are very dangerous for those individuals like myself who find themselves looking at all of the bright tropical plants, and planning their next outdoor improvements. I’ve been guilty of bringing home my share of painted ceramics that I thought would be great in the yard.
It’s a well-known fact in the retail world that Canadians buy bright colours in the spring after a long winter — we crave colour after so much grey and white! Bright pinks, oranges, greens and yellows fly off the shelves at clothing stores … and at garden centres. As a designer, I have made the fatal mistake of adding these colours as permanent components of a backyard makeover. In my defense, the homeowner wanted Caribbean, and she definitely got it.