The champions of Richmond, TX, the leaders of the city’s economic development, have big plans. “Richmond: A Charming Past, A Soaring Future,” gives you an idea of their ambitions. Are you along for the ride? The first settlers arrived on the bank of the Brazos River in 1822. Incorporated in 1837, Richmond is the county seat of Fort Bend County, Texas, one of the fastest growing counties in the country. “Where History Meets Opportunity,” says the sign at the city’s entrance. History is celebrated here in Richmond, TX. So is a rich quality of life.
That’s a question we’d like to help Richmond homeowners answer, unless of course you already know what kind of patio you would like. As a premier designer of Texas custom patios, Archadeck of Southwest Houston helps our clients weigh the options of the different patio surfaces. If you know you want to add an outdoor kitchen, too, or any other hardscape configuration, we’ll walk you through selecting complementary materials for a cohesive design. When we design your patio, we always spend some time talking with you about how you plan to use it; that can have a bearing on the patio’s size. Will you be entertaining groups of 15 or more, or do you plan to have smaller groups—maybe just family members—lounging or dining on your patio? The more you love to entertain outdoors, the larger the patio you may need. Another consideration is shade. If you want your patio to be shaded, we have several ways to design a patio cover or roof that will provide all the shade you desire, either completely or partially.
There’s something relaxing about paver patios, we’ve decided. Maybe it’s the way the pavers are laid out in patterns, or their smooth edges. Whatever it is, pavers are very popular. One thing we like about pavers is the sheer number of different styles and colors available. When you look at a variety of pavers, you will probably find many styles you like. Another checkmark in the “plus” column for pavers is their incredible durability. An advantage of pavers also is that if something happens to one paver, you can have just that paver replaced rather than having to replace the entire patio.
Stained and stamped concrete runs a neck-and-neck in popularity with pavers for Richmond patios. While a plain concrete pad will be less expensive than a paver patio, there’s not a big cost difference between pavers and stained and stamped concrete. The determining factor for you may be aesthetics. Which surface do you find more attractive? Because we can mix stain colors, we can create almost any shade you would like for your concrete patio. While there may be a finite number of concrete stamp patterns, we can have a pattern custom created for you if you have something very specific in mind. When we say every Richmond, TX, patio is custom designed, we mean it! Another determining factor is durability. Pavers are stronger than concrete and less likely to be damaged by shifting earth or tree roots.
Many Richmond homeowners are set on natural stone for its beauty before we even sit down to talk about their patio design. That’s great! We love it when clients know what they want. We can help you explore the different kinds of stone available for a patio, including slate, flagstone, travertine and limestone. We have several excellent stone options sourced right here in Texas. Stone is the more expensive of the three patio options, but for many homeowners in the area that is not a deterrent. Those who choose natural stone prefer its rich color variations and irregular, more earthy appearance.
Cooking outdoors is very appealing whether you’re entertaining guests or spending time with family—or both. Richmond homeowners love their outdoor kitchens! And Archadeck of Southwest Houston loves building outdoor kitchens for you. We will coordinate the materials for your outdoor kitchen with those you’ve selected for your patio surface. Often we can use the same or similar material for both, if you’ve selected pavers or natural stone. Then we’ll help you select a smooth material such as granite for your food prep surface. When it comes to selecting the equipment for your Richmond TX outdoor kitchen, would you prefer to keep it simple or go all out? Sometimes it’s a question of space. The more appliances and amenities you want designed into your outdoor kitchen, the more space you will need on your patio. We may start the design process by asking you if you prefer a smoker, a grill or both. If you say both, we already know your dream outdoor kitchen will feature more than the minimum bells and whistles.