Recent Stone & Masonry Project in Chapel Hill

January 28, 2015

mb after4Recently we completed a Chapel Hill stone and masonry project for homeowners that had just purchased the home and wanted to transform the backyard which was steep, overgrown and unusable. The goal was to create a space the family could use for relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. They wanted to keep the new stonework in line with the look and feel of the original masonry, most of which had been installed about 70 years ago.

Natural Designs stepped up to the challenge of working within this steep terrain and matching previous stone work from seven decades ago. We were able to excavate a level area using stone retaining walls and utilized natural stone slabs to create a unique step pathway which leads down to a terrace. The terrace features a natural stone fireplace crowned by the homeowner’s one-of-a-kind eclectic bullhead. (more…)

How an outdoor living area can add value to your home

July 10, 2013

Having a patio means you’re your living space transcends the walls of your home. Creating a well built, fully functional outdoor living space in your home will not only cultivate a great atmosphere to entertain friends, it will also make your home more appealing to potential buyers. An outdoor living space provides a tranquil space to relax and unwind with friends while preparing dinner and still enjoying the weather. The outdoor kitchen provides a creative, easy way for busy families to spend time with children and friends.

Studies show that patios are one of the top 10 features potential buyers look for in a house and more than half are willing to pay a premium for the additional space. The outdoor area also offers added square footage to your home while setting your home apart from others. Energy efficiency is an added bonus of an outdoor kitchen, avoiding turning the oven on will keep the home cooler in warm summer months.