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How to Improve Your Yard with Hardscaping: An Interview with Steve Mitchell of Natures Elite Landscaping

By Steven Mitchell

About Natures Elite Landscaping:

Natures Elite Landscaping was started in 2009 and focuses on design and installation of landscaping in and around the New Hampshire lakes Region. The owner Steve Mitchell is a New Hampshire Certified landscape professional with more than 25 years of experience in the Green Industry, Steve was the owner of a large landscape construction company in Massachusetts for 16 years and is also a former Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professional. Natures Elite landscaping are Belgard pavers Authorized Installers as well as ICPI Certified paver Installers. This year we won the Best of Houzz 2014 awards for customer satisfaction.

Natures Elite Landscaping Services:

We have a staff of Certified installers that can take your project from start to completion. Some of the services we provide are shorefront permitting for all waterfront property projects. Complete landscape design with Digital Imaging landscape design software, you can see what your property will look like before you invest any money, changes are made in seconds allowing us to serve you better. We also offer property maintenance for homeowners associations and condominiums in and around the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

How Can Patios and Stone Work Make an Area More Inviting?

Patios and stone work can actually help your homes seem more warm and inviting with meandering pathways to large private retreats, or just a private secluded sitting area. Also nothing says elegance better than a Paver driveway, Natures Elite Landscaping is well versed in all of the latest techniques on permeable paver installations. Greenspace is a big thing now and installing permeable pavers is becoming more acceptable to local towns as a way to help with water runoff and control, permeable paver systems help recharge the aquifer's by slowly releasing the water back into the ground and helping the environment.

What Are Some Brick Options for Walkways?

Concrete Pavers are more than just bricks, the new technology has pavers that come in slabs that look like bluestone, limestone and even granite. There is a company called Techo-Bloc that has just come out with a paver that looks like wood decking. Paver technology has come a long way, and all of the major manufacturers offer a lifetime guaranty, this guaranty includes de-icing products. Also all of the paver company's have permeable pavers that can help with onsite water containment, this water can be stored and used for irrigation or released slowly back into the ground.

Why is Hardscaping Important?

Hardscaping definitely increases a home's value, front walkways, patios and paver driveways are an asset to any house. Paver driveways may seem more expensive than asphalt but when you consider the fact that you do not need to replace it every 15-20 years like you would asphalt and also the the resale value of a house with a paver driveway, it also is just more aesthetically pleasing.

Tips for Homeowners Looking to Improve Their Yard's Appearance with Masonry?

Patios are a great addition. They have become part of the outdoor living experience. One of the great benefits of these outdoor rooms is they are not taxed like a deck would be taxed. This is not to say your assessed value would not go up, but the square footage from your patio, due to the fact that it is not attached to your house, will not be included in your living space like your deck is . Outdoor rooms, kitchens and fireplaces have become very popular, they also have outdoor Pizza ovens available for those that enjoy real wood fired pizza.

Contact Info:

The best way to reach us at Natures Elite Landscaping is by phone at 603-630-7476 or by email People can also view some of our work at

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