With summer around the corner do your thoughts turn to BBQs and watching the day wind down on your patio? But if your grill is an ancient charcoal burner and your patio consists of cinderblock pavers that your grandfather laid down in the ’60s, it’s time to upgrade to a real outdoor kitchen. You’ll be adding a whole new room to your house.

JR Scapes and Stephenson Mason Contractors, centrally located in Cream Ridge, are one of the area’s leading designers of premier landscapes. Owner Jim Stephenson has 20 years’ experience in the industry, the last 16 as sole proprietor of his companies. “We specialize in transforming homes, inside and out. Our outdoor kitchens can be as fully equipped as you wish with wet bars, grill tops, granite counters, to list a few amenities. We can design any hardscaping project such as walkways, pools, pergolas, natural stone, and boulder walls,” Stephenson says.

Nightscaping, innovative low voltage lighting, adds sophisticated ambiance to any yard. Stephenson says: “The addition of this one lighting feature transforms the outdoors and greatly expands the use of your home’s grounds. In addition, if a client would like a water feature but is hesitant to create a pool, we specialize in pondless features such as waterfalls, a less costly alternative that upgrades any yard.”

“We are a full-service company, working with clients from the very first step to help them design and realize their dream home. Our years in the business has given us an extensive roster of suppliers of high end materials for all phases of the work. We can even recommend the best outdoor furniture manufacturers and gardening specialists. Often there is no need for a full formal garden; the addition of a few well positioned potted plants works wonders.”

“Clients particular appreciate our sensitivity to pricing. We know what material will provide the best finished project given every budget. Quality does not need to be sacrificed when the design and planning is creative.”

Homeowners are often reluctant to even dream of an upgraded yard if there is an oddly placed tree or boulder in the way. “JR Scapes can design around any obstacle and make it a seamless element of the overall look. Very little that nature gives us needs to be an impediment to a transformed home,” declares Stephenson. “Check out our Facebook page to see the extent of our projects both interior and exterior.”

Large or small, your home is your castle and you deserve to enjoy every inch of it. Even a simple enhancement such as a high-quality bluestone patio can be all you need to settle in to watch the seasons come and go.

JR Scapes and Stephenson Mason Contractors, LLC. 609-890-4110.

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