This stunning Hanover Heights backyard-living makeover includes a beautiful new manufactured-stone paver patio and much more!

The Mikel family knew they wanted to remove a worn outdoor deck and had a vision in mind for an expanded backyard living area but were a little unsure where to start. They started the process with a planning meeting with Tim, one of Heinen’s hardscape experts and a single photo depicting the kind of look they were going for. According to Megan Mikel, “Tim essentially took a look at the picture of what we wanted and almost absolutely replicated it 100% – which was pretty amazing! We talked about poured concrete vs pavers and made some design choices and, like that, the project was in motion. We didn’t even need a rendering or anything like. We were totally in synch!”

The project was fairly significant and required a fair amount of demolition before any construction could begin. Heinen’s removed an existing deck and old sidewalk paths that led to the garage and to the fence gate. To prepare for the paver base, Heinen also removed took all of the existing turf to get to the soil and ensure a level base surface.


The Mikel’s in Westwood are thrilled with their new Unilock patio – expertly installed by Heinen!

For the new outdoor living surface – which would be the centerpiece of the makeover – Tim provided the Mikel’s a variety of options. According to Megan, “We talked about how we could reduce the cost some, and we talked about the pros and cons of lumber vs manufactured stone. Then Tim gave us two more manufactured stone options from Unilock and that settled it.  We just really liked the way the product looked and the long-term durability was nice.”

Heinen offers Unilock not only because of the company’s fifty years experience in the business, but also because of the weather durability of manufactured stone – and, the installed look is quite dramatic!

Aside from begin visually appealing, the Mikel’s wanted to create a space that could be enjoyed by all of their friends. Said Megan, “I’m most excited about being able to gather around with friends without having a ton of bugs or things like that – the large coverage area is beautiful and really functional.” Megan added, “I have really bad allergies – as does my dog – and it’s going to be great not having to deal with grass pollen this summer.” Speaking of 4-legged friends, Heinen even included an area in the renovation for the dogs to use when nature calls!

The Mikel’s appreciated the attention to detail, friendly service and promptness of the Heinen crew. “They were really nice. I made them coffee in the morning, Jose and the guys were so kind and every day they were here at 8:00, on the dot – so reliable,” noted Megan. The Mikel’s also report that they’re extremely happy with the finished product – and already have plans for future projects!

Are you ready to freshen up your outdoor living space! If so, Heinen’s landscape designers have the knowledge and the know-how to design the perfect landscape plan for your particular property – and the professional installation expertise that assures customers the investment in their backyard living area will both look amazing – and last for years to come.

For over 30 years, the hardscape and landscape pros at Heinen have been helping homeowners turn their backyard living dreams into reality. Let Heinen help bring your outdoor living plan to life too with a custom-built backyard living space like no other – thanks to Unilock’s uncommonly beautiful – and incredibly durable – landscape stone. Call Debbie at Heinen at 913-432-5011 to schedule a no-obligation consultation or complete the form here and we’ll get right back to you!