2019 Trends in Outdoor Living for Orange County, CA

2019 Trends in Outdoor Living for Orange County, CA

The need to maintain real human connections in the digital age has greatly influenced the design elements of the outdoor living movement. A simple patio with weatherproof chairs and portable grill just won’t do the trick anymore. People want a comfortable spot to connect with family and friends that replicates, and in many cases exceeds, the comfort of their indoor gathering spots. With that in mind, here are some of the prevailing trends that can be expected to continue to gain popularity in the coming year.

Contemporary Outdoor Design

Contemporary Outdoor Design Trends 2019

Current outdoor living spaces are definitely following the interior design trend toward the clean lines of contemporary design. People normally associate modular-shaped pavers with contemporary design, but that isn’t necessarily true. The textures and colors used can also sway a look towards a more contemporary feel. Although modular-shaped pavers are expected to continue to rise in popularity, expect to see an increase in smoother textures in various styles of pavers. The contemporary trend also leans towards monochromatic color schemes with pops of color.

Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone Color of the Year 2019 Outdoor Living Trends

Each year, the Pantone® Color Institute declares an official Color of the Year, which influences many of the design trends. The company recently announced “Living Coral” as the 2019 Color of the Year. This color can be incorporated into outdoor living design in a number of ways. Some pavers have hues of coral incorporated into the color blend. There are also many paver styles with complementary colors that can work well in conjunction with Living Coral. Living Coral can also be used as an accent color for pillows, umbrellas and decorative accessories.

Entanglement with Nature

Nature Elements Outdoor Living Trends

One of the hottest up-and-coming trends is to “entangle” hardscape installations with the surrounding landscape. This can be done in several ways. Pavers can be entangled with adjacent grass or gardens in a “fade away” effect. This effect is even more dramatic when used with plank-style pavers. Another, more formal application of this idea is to use porcelain pavers spaced out with strips of grass to create a checkerboard or stepping stone pattern.

Natural Textured Walls

Textured Walls Outdoor Living Space Trends

More and more homeowners are requesting retaining and free standing walls that have natural stone textures. Trending styles include walls that offer the look of tumbled stone or chiseled stone. Homeowners are also increasingly drawn to wall installation patterns with clean, contemporary lines.

Gray and “Greige” Tones

Gray Brick Pavers Outdoor Living Trends

From light gray to charcoal, gray tones continue to dominate current hardscape trends. However, an up-and-coming trend is starting to lean back toward warmer tones. This transitionary color phase is coined “greige”… a blending of grey and beige tones. Homeowners across the country are currently looking for these muted gray/tan color blends in hardscapes for their ability to work well with both warm and cool design palettes.

Blurring Transitions from Inside to Outside

Outdoor Living Space Design Trends

One of the biggest trends in new home and remodeling is the blurring of the line between the indoor and outdoor. This involves much more than windows and patio doors. Fully folding walls and screens are being installed that allow spaces such as a family room to open and create a seamless transition into the outdoor space. Or, a standard kitchen can become an outdoor one in warmer months with the flip of a switch.

Linear and Large Format Pavers

Linear Pavers Outdoor Living Trends

The trend toward larger and more linear pavers continues to grow at a rapid pace. Not only are consumers looking for clean, modular textures, they are leaning toward plank-style pavers, and very large format slab pavers.

Formal Water Features

Outdoor Living Space Water Features

People love the soothing sound of running water, and the trend of incorporating formal water features into outdoor designs is growing at an exponential rate. With our busy lifestyles, however, consumers also want a water feature that is simple to take care of — adding beauty, ambiance and value to the outdoor living space without additional maintenance time and cost.

Outdoor Lighting Trends

Outdoor Lighting

The vast majority of time spent in most outdoor spaces is in the evening and on weekends. Because of this, outdoor living trends are moving towards well-designed built-in lighting systems. With today’s LED technology and smart phone apps, installing an automated lighting system has never been easier. However, this type of system is not very easy to retrofit after-the-fact and is more common in new construction. For existing outdoor living spaces, expect to see a continued increase in landscape lighting and durable string light options, like commercial grade Edison-style LED string lights.

 

This post was originally written and published on Belgard.com

drought-friendly backyards in Orange County CA

Landscape Design: Creating a Drought-Friendly Yard in Orange County, CA

North Orange County Hardscape Landscape Design Pavers with drought-friendly plants front yard3D Design of drought-friendly landscape design in north Orange County, CA

 

No matter the yard space or style of home, sustainable landscape design is easy. Living in a drought is easy to forget, but just because Orange County has water restrictions doesn’t mean you have to give up your home’s plant life. All you need are a couple tips to keep in mind.

drought resistant native landscape design in north Orange County, CAFinished project of geometric paver patio remodel and California drought-resistant shrubs

 

For starters, the most obvious tip is you need to select actual plant life that is drought-resistant. You’d think this would go without saying, but plants that are drought-friendly go beyond merely requiring little water to stay alive.

When the phrase “drought-resistance” is used in landscaping, it means an eco-friendly, sustainably conscious, and low carbon footprint approach to carefully selected living greenery that not only surrounds your property, but thrives in it as well.

While this usually requires an expert eye, it’s easy enough to get an answer (simply visit our design center for starters to get some direction if needed). Selecting the right landscape to meet your hardscape is absolutely possible, and the design process is a lot of fun too.

 

California native poppy is a great choice for a drought-friendly flower in Orange County!

 

Perhaps the most important tip that’s a must is to use native plant life that is drought-resistant. Plants native to Southern California are already accustomed to growing in the local climate in which it’s found.

There are almost too many indigenous flowers, shrubs, seedlings, and bushes to count that can be found in Orange County:

  • Catalina Mariposa Lily
  • Chamise
  • Sticky Phacelia
  • Wild Morning Glory
  • Alkali Mallow
  • Bush Sunflower
  • Heartleaf Penstemon
  • Baby Blue Eyes
  • Punch Bowl Godetia
  • and many, many, many more beautiful Californian native plants!

Even the super bloom of wild flowers, particularly the California poppy, made national headlines with its colors spread out across the hills. And they make a perfect garden flower variety − especially if you live in Orange County!

Landscape Design: Porcelain Pavers With Artificial Grass Make For a Modern Look in Orange County, CA

A fast growing trend is becoming a huge hit in the southern Orange County area. Namely, combining large gorgeous porcelain pavers with artificial grass makes for a nice modern look any homeowner would want, and any neighbor left green with envy. Imagine this combo on your driveway…talk about extending the welcome mat to your garage! Or maybe even in your patio remodel where you can escape into your own personal oasis with a cup of coffee, chat with some friends, or read a book in peace.

Porcelain Pavers and Artificial Turf Installation in Orange County CAPorcelain Pavers with Artificial Turf Installed in Southern Orange County, CA

Artificial grass outlines each paver square, providing a typical modern style utilizing strong shapes and bold lines. These particular options in hardscape and landscape design are great at withstanding various weather conditions in Southern California. They’re built tough to withstand both car and foot traffic without sacrificing its aesthetics.

 

3D rendering of pavers with artificial turf synthetic grass in Orange County CA3D Rendering of Artificial Turf Blended Within Hardscape in this Outdoor Space Remodel

 

The stark contrast of porcelain and landscape will make your outdoor space pop with both life and structure…greenery and purpose. Why keep the landscape only outside and hardscape only inside when you can integrate them. And with synthetic grass there’s no need to mow, trim, or water! After all, there are many different uses for artificial turf for your outdoor space remodel.

Artificial turf is always lush in Orange County, CA

7 Reasons To Install Artificial Turf For Your Backyard in Orange County, CA

Artificial turf….synthetic grass…or even fake grass. Whatever you call it, this landscaping trend is making quite the name for itself in sunny Orange County, CA. There are so many advantages to using artificial turf/synthetic grass for your backyard space. Here are 7 reasons you should consider this option over real grass:

Save money on artificial turf installation in Orange County CA

1. It Saves You Money

From saving money on water to other excess landscape care, artificial turf gives you an option for your lawn that saves you significant money for many years to come. No more water bills or need to hire a gardener. Once the artificial grass is installed, just sit back and enjoy the view.

 

Go green with artificial turf installation in Orange County CA

2. It’s Green!

There’s nothing like saving a little green by “going green.” This is perhaps the easiest way to go green with your home without breaking the bank or compromising on anesthetics. Your neighbors won’t even know your grass is fake, but you’ll rest easy knowing your doing your part to save our limited California resources.

 

Artificial turf is allergen free in Orange County CA

3. It’s Allergen-Free

No need to worry about runny noses, itchy eyes, stuffiness and sneezing. Synthetic grass doesn’t carry the common allergens found in real grass. Don’t sacrifice outdoor quality time with the family just because the allergy season is in full bloom. Your family is safe with artificial turf.

 

Artificial turf installation in Orange County, CA

4. It Saves You Time

Get rid of that lawn mower taking up space in the garage. Artificial grass doesn’t require trimming, mowing, or fertilizing of any kind. You can also say goodbye to those pesky weeds too. Use your precious time enjoying the weekend with loved ones rather than maintaining your yard alone.

 

Artificial turf is family friendly in Orange County, CA

5. It’s Family-Friendly

Not only is synthetic grass drought-friendly, but it’s family-friendly as well. It looks incredibly realistic so that your entire family can run, jump, play, and lounge around the yard without a worry. It’s made entirely with families in mind.

 

Multipurpose artificial turf for Orange County, CA

6. It’s Multi-Purpose

Artificial turf has many purposes from residential spaces, to putting greens and even soccer fields. It’s made tough with durability to last. Installation is incredibly easy too − use a trusted certified artificial turf installer in Orange County!

 

Artificial turf is always lush in Orange County, CA

7. It’s Lush All Year Long

With synthetic grass your lawn stays green all year long. Patchy areas, browning and uneven grass is a thing of the past. Give your house some curb appeal and fill your neighbors with lawn envy.

Lake Forest Orange County Hardscape and Landscape 2D Plan

Backyard Ideas Tip #3: Get a Landscape/Hardscape Construction Blueprint

So you’ve finally decided to get around to that home project you’ve been dreaming of. Great!

You research around and find the best reviewed masonry contractor and landscaper in the area. The contractor takes measurements at your home and discusses your project with you. Everything is coming together and sounds amazing.

Just then comes a surprise most homeowners are not aware of…a hardscape/landscape construction blueprint is needed.

2D Hardscape/Landscape Construction Blueprint for Pavers Remodel & Artificial Turf Placement in Lake Forest, CA

The above example illustrates a proper construction blueprint, which is comprised of exact measurements, materials used and where, accurate labeling, proper scaling, installation specifications, and even identifiers such as company name and homeowner contact info (which has been censored here for privacy)

Most homeowners also don’t realize that almost all masonry contractors aren’t able to create this necessary blueprint to guide them through the construction process. They usually refer you to a designer and bill you separately − an unexpected cost to say the least.

Creating a construction blueprint requires a very particular skillset that combines art design with developmental science. Most designers go to trade schools to become proficient in this area.

Even more important, this blueprint ensures there’s no surprises for not only the contractor, but the homeowner as well. Namely, it provides very specific expectations so as to eliminate any possible surprises that may arise during construction. Because as we all know, any surprise during outdoor space renovations means more money out of the homeowner’s pockets.

So make sure your contractor uses a construction blueprint and sticks to it exactly. This will save you from a lot of unnecessary headaches, and save you money and time as well.

Home Project Highlight: Interlocking Paverstone Pool Remodel with Outdoor Fireplace in Villa Park, CA

2D Outdoor Space Construction Blueprint for House in Villa Park, CA

Our unique integrative construction process involves coming out to your home and taking precise measurements, showing you 3D renderings of exactly what your home project will look like, and providing construction blueprints to the best local residential contractor in your area!

Outdoor Space Remodel in Villa Park, CA

Home Project: Paver Pool Remodel and Outdoor Fireplace with Landscaping

Location: Villa Park, CA

Designer: Simple Outdoor Living

Contractor: Organic (no one contractor)

Suppliers/Materials:

  • Interlocking Paverstones
  • Outdoor Stone Fireplace

Measure twice, construction once!

Drone Aerial View of Outdoor Space Remodel Project in Villa Park, CA
3D Aerial View of Outdoor Space Remodel with Pavers in Villa Park, CA

Latest in residential construction technology

Most accurate outdoor space measurements available in Orange County.

 

Drones, laser tape measures, 25 year expertise…

and much, much more!

But see the results for yourself…

3D Paver Pool Remodel (Day)
3D Pool Remodel & Outdoor Fireplace (Day)
3D Paver Pool Remodel (Night)
3D Pool Remodel & Outdoor Fireplace (Night)

Stay tuned for article updates showing photos of this finished home project!

Backyard Ideas Tip #2: Outdoor Lighting

Backyard Ideas Tip #1: Paver Pool Remodels

In this new installment of backyard ideas in Orange County, we take a look at the age-old debate of concrete versus paver pool remodels. We believe that paver pool remodels make the most sense. They’re affordable, add instant value to your home, and are a generally safer option.

 

Finished Paver Pool Remodel in Anaheim Hills, CA

 

Paver Pool Remodels Upgrade Your Home and Add Instant Value

In almost all cases, upgrading your pool with paverstones instantly increases the property value of your home — especially in Orange County, CA. While concrete has been around for awhile and has dominated the “pool deck game” for decades, pavers have been around for literally thousands of years. Pavers are a tried-and-true option with proven results.

Masonry contractors report that pavers serve as a special material in Southern California.

It blends well with the beautiful sunny weather, unique greenery of Palm Trees and other Californian plant life, art of outdoor living, and science of home project construction and installation.

And with all the options available, pavers are certain to match any homeowners personal taste and style. This will help bring the most out of your backyard. We recommend visiting our new design center and showroom, or even your local material supplier, to see the many, many options now available (click to enlarge).

Some Paver Samples on Display at our New Showroom in Anaheim, CA

 

Paver Pool Remodels Are Generally Safer than Concrete Pools

While concrete is kind of a classic look for pools, pavers are proven to be generally safer. First, pavers are more porous and less likely to suffer the wear and tear that concrete faces. Concrete is also more subject to water damage than pavers.

3D Design Rendering of Paver Pool Remodel in Yorba Linda, CA

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Landscape Compliments Hardscape, and Vice Versa

Greenery and slab, leaves and rock, roots and texture. There are many ways to compare landscape and hardscape, and yet each absolutely compliments the other in ways you can only recognize when you see it.

Stone veneer wall in frontyard adjacent to paver driveway remodel in Northern Orange County, CA

 

When landscaping meets hardscape the two instantly upgrade the look and feel of any home. You really can’t have one without the other. At the same time, living in Orange County means finding the most drought-friendly plant life available without sacrificing on landscape aesthetics. Fortunately, our designers are trained to find the best approach when it comes to incorporating greens, stone, and conservation efforts.

 

Landscape/Hardscape Design Frontyard Remodel in Anaheim, CA

 

Your home project ideas have never been more real with 3D hardscape/landscape design. We can take those magazine clippings, pencil sketches on a napkin, or any other creative record and turn your dream into the most accurate representation available. And all before construction even begins. But don’t take our word for it, let us put our design work where our mouth is and show you a presentation in our brand new design center located in beautiful Anaheim, CA

 

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