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The Go-To FAQ on Patios and Paver Walkways: An Interview with Jim MacGillvary of Natural Choice Landscaping

By Jim MacGillvary

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Natural Choice Landscaping was formed in 1997 by owner Jim MacGillvary. NCL specializes in the design and installation of paver walkways, patios, retaining walls, outdoor fireplaces and outdoor kitchens and we are also a full-service landscaping company.

How should the homeowner start a new patio or paver walkway project?

Any project should begin with the homeowner getting multiple bids and checking the contractor's credentials. The contractor should be able to provide a portfolio of past projects proper licensing and insurance as well as local references.

Can you briefly explain how to create the best design for a specific property?

I would like to meet with the customer at the future job site and discuss their vision for the space and how they will be using it. Materials colors and textures are also discussed. We use that information to draw a design and along with customers input revise until we finalize

What are some of the most popular walkway and patio features/materials for homeowners in Connecticut?

Patios and walkways can utilize a wide variety of materials and different borders to enhance the overall look. A popular trend is using larger multi size pavers in a random pattern. Outdoor kitchens fire features and seating areas are also very popular.

How long does it typical installation take?

Installation time depends on the scope of the project and can vary from a day to many weeks. A start and finish date should be part of your contractor's proposal.

Do you have any maintenance tips to help people keep the walkways and patios in great condition?

Patios and walkways are low maintenance. In the event of a stain or spill they can be safely power washed. There are concrete cleaning products available also.

What's the best way for people to contact your company?

Go to or call us at 860?872?2610

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