Your backyard is truly an extension of your home, so why not make it just as stunning as the rest? At Texas Counter Fitters, we turn overlooked backyards into scenic outdoor living spaces where you and your loved ones look forward to gathering to enjoy warm nights, beautiful sunsets, and Texas-sized steaks right off the grill. Just imagine how far a quartzite patio, stone pergola, or stone chimney grill could go in making your forgotten backyard a place to remember and most importantly, escape.
“But where do I start?”—That’s the question that typically prevents people from taking the leap, and it’s a valid one. Where do you start?With so many possibilities and materials to choose from, it’s not easy to know without expert advice.
Luckily, our experienced staff offers only that, and in this article, we’re sharing a little tip that can go a long way in making your outdoor living space worthwhile for years to come: When it comes to outdoor projects, you can’t go wrong with natural stone. Don’t believe us? Here are 5 reasons why:
Want to be sure your outdoor space never looks dated? Natural stone’s got you covered. After all, if it can be found in nature, is it even possible for it to go out of style? A flagstone patio, a granite kitchen, a marble fire pit—regardless of how you incorporate them, these stones just won’t disappoint. They’ll hold their value, meaning your outdoor space will undoubtedly increase the value of your home, and since they can’t be made in a laboratory, you can know with certainty that your outdoor design is one-of-a-kind.
Afraid you’ll spend a fortune and then have to replace your outdoor stone like everything else you own outdoors? Think again. Unlike man-made stones such as engineered quartz, natural stones are incredibly durable. As they should be! Created over ages in the depths of the Earth, stones like marble, slate, quartzite, and granite undergo intense pressure and heat. This means that rain or shine, you can expect your stone to shine (if it’s that kind of stone)—or look like it did when you installed it! Just make sure it’s properly sealed and cleaned on the regular.
Nowadays, increasing the sustainability of your home isn’t a matter of if but of when—and for good reason. “Going green” can lower your overall costs, saving water and energy, and limiting upkeep on appliances and systems. Not to mention, installing greener features helps ensure a healthier environment for you and your loved ones both now and in the future. And guess what?! One of the simplest ways to improve sustainability is to use none other than natural stone. Stones like slate, limestone, and sandstone (all often utilized in outdoor settings) do not go through substantial industrial processes, so the waste produced is significantly lower than their synthetic counterparts. So if you’re interested in saving money and the environment without compromising the important stuff, natural stone really is the choice for you.
No matter your personal taste, finding the right natural stone to meet your outdoor needs won’t ever be a problem. How can we be so sure? Because natural stone is different, naturally! Available in a wide range of colors, textures, and veining patterns, no one slab is the same, so picking the ones you like best is simply part of the experience. Whether you envision orange granite, gray slate, or something in-between (or totally out-of-the-box!), we’ve got your back. Our huge selection of natural stones might leave you wishing for fewer options but never the other way around!
Everyone wants the most bang for their buck, but most are surprised to learn that synthetic stone is not always the way to do it. For all the reasons above, natural stone has a significant advantage, offering the greatest return on investment and fewer associated costs in the long run. And since building an outdoor space from the ground-up isn’t exactly cheap (and often involves pricey construction projects like pools, waterfalls, etc.) cutting costs where you can, for as long as you can, isn’t such a bad idea—or at least our customers don’t think so!
So, what do you think? Sold on natural stone? We hope so! Either way, come by our showroom for more information on all things outdoor living, including stone recommendations, bulk pricing, and the many other ways we at Texas Counter Fitters can help you get started on your next outdoor project.