A stone patio makes an elegant addition to almost any outdoor Blossom Valley living space. With all the beauty of a well-manicured lawn, but without the maintenance, stone will typically outlast a wood deck. A variety of flat stones will do. For example: smooth squares of slate and rough flags of limestone or brick. Keep in mind, stones must be able to withstand floor traffic and local climate.

This Old House landscaping contractor, Roger Cook favors 1 1/2 to 2 inch thick bluestone, which is tough weather resistance sandstone. “Setting a stone patio is similar to laying bathroom tile,” Roger says, “As with tile, you prepare a base level each piece to the next, and fill in the joints.” But while most tiles can be set with one hand, moving and laying a 2-inch thick, 100 pound of slab of stone takes some brawn and is best handled by two people. You only move them once, so set them straight and create a quilt cohesive look.

Adding a stone patio to your Blossom Valley 95123 home will undoubtedly increase the value of San Jose homes in Blossom Valley California.

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