From mansions to ranches, homeowners are investing in outdoor living areas in record numbers, for new and existing homes alike. This trend is challenging masonry contractors to provide creative guidance, in addition to high quality craftsmanship. As a result, masons with an artistic flair are finding a profitable niche.

Jim Menegazzi's paviours+scapes company in San Ramon, Calif., designs custom hardscapes and installs stone paving and retaining walls. The contractor's work includes patios, pool decks, courtyards, driveways, water features, and outdoor kitchens.

All of the following projects were designed and installed by paviours+scapes. The masonry was supplied by Brickyard of Concord, Calif.

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