Make the most out of your outdoor space

An Eldorado “Marbella” fire bowl installed at a Snyder Brick & Block project in West Chester, Ohio.

With spring rapidly approaching and warmer weather on the horizon, we figured our readers likely would want to know how to maximize the usefulness and enjoyment of the outdoor space at their home. To get answers for those topics, we turned to Lisa Herd of Snyder Brick & Block in Dayton, Ohio.


“To get the most out of an outdoor space, homeowners can concentrate on ways to take them as far into the seasons as possible,” Herd said. “Adding fire features can help make an outdoor space cozy in the early spring and late fall.”


Photo provided by Eldorado Stone of their “Lyra” fire bowl.

Snyder Brick & Block offers natural and cultured stone products in many styles that can be installed in fire pits and fireplaces. Noting that Snyder Brick & Block sells the necessary materials, Herd said some of these projects on the smaller side could be completed by a homeowner.


Herd added that fire bowls are very popular, including Eldorado stone fire bowls. These fire bowls use liquid propane or natural gas and are easily turned on by turning a valve.


“Another way to get the most out of an outdoor space is to make it useful for many different types of activities,” Herd said.

Using natural stone in copper ledgestone in a project in Mason, Ohio. Photo provided by Two Brothers Brick Paving Inc.

Herd said she asks customers what they want to do in their space, when will they use the space and who will be using this space.


These answers can lead to a number of different options, including built-in grills or outdoor kitchens. And a variety of styles and colors of stone and brick can be used to cover them.


Last but certainly not least, Herd recommends creating a gathering space that contains a dining table and/or comfortable patio chairs and sofas.


“We supply all kinds of pavers: clay brick, cement, porcelain, flagstone,” Herd said. “You can mix it up and use several of those!”







Mike Gennaria

Author: Mike Gennaria

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