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Revamp Your Outdoor Space With These Cool Materials

pea gravel patio trendsMore pleasant weather is upon us, so now is the perfect time to get your outdoor space in excellent shape for the spring and summer months.

Whether you have small projects on your mind or are looking to transform your outdoor space, these cool materials will help get you there!

Pea Gravel

Pea gravel is such a basic material that’s made of varying colors of small, smooth, loose stones. It’s relatively inexpensive, which makes it a great option for a small patio or garden.

It’s very easy to install since it doesn’t have to be set, and you can use it in almost any shape that you want. The only maintenance that’s required is some occasional weekly raking, so it’s a great option if you’re looking for something low maintenance. Some other similar options include decomposed granite (also known as DG), crushed stone, sand, and both natural and rubber mulches.

Brickideas for brick patio

Brick is a tried and true building material that has been used for centuries. And for good reason! It’s durable, relatively inexpensive, and a classic look that can’t go wrong with.

Consider looking for salvaged brick to reduce waste and repurpose a material that still has life in it. Bricks also offer excellent drainage, making them an eco-friendly option around plants and lawns. 

Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete is so en vogue right now, and it can easily transform your outdoor space, partly because concrete can be tinted in so many different colors. Think of the grains of wood but on a durable concrete surface, and that’s exactly what stamped concrete is.

This is a great option for custom-shaped jobs, however, it can be pricey. You will also need to employ the help of a licensed contractor unless you’re skilled at this craft. Concrete can be stamped, brushed, decorated with inlays, patterned, and more.

Concrete Pavers

Even easier than stamped concrete are pavers that you can purchase and lay in a pattern in your yard. They come in a variety of shapes and colors to help you achieve the look you want, and they can be replaced individually in the event that one breaks.

They do come with a higher cost, but they are also very durable and will last for years to come, making them a good investment for homeowners.

outdoor patio material ideasFlagstone

You may not be familiar with the term flagstone, but there is no question that you have seen it in an outdoor space before.

It’s one of the most popular materials out there for patios and entryways, in part because of its durability and also that it comes in so many colors and shapes. Some more common names that you might recognize are sandstone, limestone and quartzite.


Tile comes in so many different shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns, that it’s a great way to make a big outdoor impact!

Because it can be slippery, look for tile that is unglazed, and consider using decorative tile around the border of your project where traffic is less heavy. Some excellent choices are porcelain, terracotta and textured quarry tile that offers an even surface with sufficient traction.

We hope that these ideas bring some inspiration to your outdoor space revamp! If you have any questions about custom homes in Iowa City, Marion or surrounding areas, please contact us. We’re here to help in any way we can!

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