Unilock pavers combined with the expertise of Lamphear’s Lawn Service produce retaining walls and paver patios designed to elevate your landscape

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Why settle for a rushed vacation once or twice a year when Lamphear’s can create a vacation atmosphere you can enjoy every day right in your own backyard? (Photography: Benjamin Margalit)

By Ken McEntee

Will this be the summer that didn’t get away?

“One of the delights of summertime is to finally escape from the walls and ceilings and relax under the stars in the fresh air,” shares Kory Lamphear, owner of Lamphear’s, one of Medina’s landscaping—and hardscape—experts.

An inviting outdoor living area, equipped perhaps with a cozy fire pit or a tranquil water feature, offers a summer sanctuary right outside your back door.

Unfortunately, Kory says, some people, anxious about the disruption—and maybe the cost—of a big construction project, may resign themselves once again to put it off until next year.

“There is a misconception that you have to do it big or do nothing,” Kory says.

“You don’t need to do a massive project to get the most out of your backyard this summer. We’ve done some remarkable projects that are the envy of the neighborhood. But we’ve also done plenty of simple 12-x-12-foot stone patios where people can hang out with their kids and quietly sip a glass of wine when the kids go to bed.”

Large project or small, Kory promises a beautifully designed living area installed with top-quality workmanship. In fact, he emphasizes, Lamphear’s has earned the distinction of being recognized as an authorized Unilock contractor.

“Unilock is very particular about its reputation,” Kory says. “In order to become an authorized installer, we had to go through special training and demonstrate that we meet their strict quality standards and abide by their warranty.”

Durable Unilock pavers carry a lifetime warranty, and Lamphear’s offers a two-year craftsmanship warranty on its installation.

“Some people cut corners with stamped concrete to simulate real Unilock pavers. But why not do it right and get the real deal?” Kory asks rhetorically.

“Compared to stamped concrete, pavers can withstand three to four times more weight, and don’t crack or chip as easily. And, if for some reason you ever have to replace a couple pavers, it’s simple to do. You pull them out and put new ones in.”

Lamphear’s design process is as solid as Unilock’s pavers and natural stone.

“Using 3D designing software, we’re capable of taking a picture of your home and showing you what it will look like with a new outdoor living space,” Kory emphasizes.

“Kevin Mick, our sales manager, can take you on a virtual video tour of your future yard, complete with chirping birds. In order to design a space that is customized to your lifestyle, Kevin will talk to you about how you’ll be using the space and what features are important to you.”

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to patios, Kory explains.

“Some people want a modest relaxation space for two, while others do a lot of entertaining and need room for 20 to 25 people. The most popular things that people tend to include are fire pits, gas grills and mini refrigerators. Stainless steel appliances will hold up for a long time, and granite countertops are ideal for outdoor food prep.”

Fire pits can burn wood, or offer the convenience of a natural gas flame at the flip of a switch.

“The icing on the cake is our LED outdoor lighting, from path and stairway lighting to lanterns on pillars,” Kory says. “Personally, I can’t imagine having a patio without the lighting.”

Why wait until next year? You can make the most of your yard this summer by calling Lamphear’s, at 330-725-2102. You also can get more information by visiting LamphearLawn.com.