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How Water Creates a Splash in your Backyard

Water…it isn’t only the essence of life. For the home, water in the form of water features and backyard pool remodels let you know you’ve made it. Nothing elevates both the financial and personal value that a pool does for the home. It’s also one of the easiest ways to provide the right environment to create family fun and lasting memories (that and fire features).

 

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Pool remodel with artificial turf in Anaheim Hills, CA

 

Creating a brand new pool, or remodeling an existing one, has never been more obtainable in today’s economy. And no one does it better than California. In fact, southern California has a rich history of residential pool construction — originated during the home improvement and “residential innovation boom” of the 1950s. We’ve arguably perfected outdoor living when it comes to laying poolside in your backyard. Who could blame us!? No one wants to waste time inside when they can spend it outside in the California sun. So we extended our living to the outdoors.

 

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Pool remodel with water features in Brea, CA

 

Pool options have also never been so expansive. Between pool slides, artificial water falls, and rock boulders, water fun comes in all shapes and sizes today. Customizing your pool remodel can come in different scales, budgets, accessory options, and is only limited by the homeowners imagination. Heck, even the water used can be salt water or chlorine now.

 

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Helping our customers with their backyard remodels using 3D software

 

Don’t get us wrong, pool remodels are a big project and is no small feat. That’s why the most important step is the planning phase. Think twice…hammer once.

 

Work with a professional who will take the time to explain everything, listen to your ideas, and even show you exactly what your pool will look like before construction even begins. And never settle for the first quote you get…mediocrity is not an option. There are simply too many contractors and options out there. Plus your hard-earned dollars shouldn’t be taken for granted.

We always recommend getting different quotes from at least 3 qualified contractors, in good-standing, and with great reviews, excellent customer feedback, fair pricing, and of course fully licensed, bonded, and certified for your area.

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Outdoor living poolside in Yorba Linda, CA

 

Just because something is a big project doesn’t mean it has to be overly complicated either. Shop around, do your homework, and visit different suppliers to pick out the right materials to match the look and feel of your home. Or you can visit our Orange County Design Center where we have everything under one roof. Happy swimming!

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5 Ways to Save Money on your Backyard Remodel in Orange County, CA

Remodeling your backyard is a great option for many homeowners — especially Orange County residents where the sun always shines and the night air doesn’t disappoint. But outdoor projects can get expensive, so you better do your homework before you get started. Here are 5 ways to save money on your backyard remodel in Orange County, CA.

 

1. Do a price comparison with different materials and different manufacturers

Price varies not only from material-to-material, but amongst different manufacturers as well. So shop around for different materials first such as brick, pavers, cement, and stone. Once you find the look you’re after, shop between different manufacturers. There are a good amount of similar materials carried by different manufacturers but with very different pricing.

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3D software to quickly show your backyard remodel plans using different materials

 

2. Prioritize the work on your yard

Recognize that you may not get everything on your wishlist when it comes to your backyard remodel. Don’t get me wrong, you can get pretty much anything you want. But if you start to notice that what you want is over your budget, then prioritize what work completed. In other words, do what will make the most impact for your buck. Maybe skip the water feature, or only use pavers in the backyard and not the side yard. You could even substitute an outdoor fireplace with a fire pit instead. In the end, remodel the parts of your yard where people gather most.

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Orange County paver patio and pool remodel designed with group gatherings in mind!

 

3. Get multiple quotes from different contractors

Never settle on the first quote you get from a contractor that visits your home. In fact, you’re probably still sticker shocked from the whole thing. All the more reason to get a few quotes from different contractors. Make sure to find well reviewed contractors that are fully licensed, bonded, and certified for your area. Keep in mind you usually get what you pay for too. So never go with the cheapest, nor the most expensive (unless you really trust the contractor). Usually somewhere in the middle is the happy medium to a great home project…and at a fair price!

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Heck, you can even use our very own extensive network of pre-qualified contractors. We’ll select the 3 best matched local contractors for your project. How? Through your landscape design plans of course!

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We’ll even send your project blueprint directly to each contractor in order to give you the best, most accurate, apples-to-apples quote comparison out there!

4. Have your project done in the off-season

Wanting to use your new backyard in the summer is great, but construction should begin well before then. In fact, having work done on your home during the Fall and Winter are typically more cost-effective. This is due to the fact that residential contractors are usually slower during these “off months” — which translates to more savings in your pocket. Also, this guarantees the work will be complete well before the sunny summer months where you can sit back and enjoy the view.

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Pool remodel completed in Brea, CA

 

5. Save money in the long-term rather than short-term

Finally, saving money on your home project doesn’t need to be upfront — meaning you can invest in backyard features now that will pay off in the long run. A great example of this would be utilizing pavers, or perhaps even artificial grass, in your backyard. While this won’t necessarily save you money at first, you’ll definitely add value to your property, save money from lower water usage, and this will certainly outlast most traditional backyard features your neighbors probably have.

Artificial turf is always lush in Orange County, CA

Artificial turf or synthetic grass installation for Orange County, CA

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How Fire Brightens Up Any Backyard Remodel

 

Fire is a primitive force intimately tied with human existence. It’s changed the course of history, allowing everything from baking to constructing tall buildings. And now, it’s used a lot for ambience in residential backyards.

 

Outdoor fire features installed in Yorba Linda, CA

Outdoor fire features installed in Yorba Linda, CA

 

It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.
-Frederick Douglass

 

Nothing makes a house feel like a home when it comes to a cozy fireplace, or sitting around the fire pit while roasting s’mores with good company. The light and heat bring people together to share in new memories. Because that’s really what fires do, they bring families together. It doesn’t just brighten up backyards in the literal sense, but in ways that bring joy to homeowners.

 

 

Just look at what fire does to this residential remodel in Yorba Linda, CA.

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Fire pit and fire features installed in Yorba Linda, CA

Belgard Heritge-Collection Orange County

Introducing New ‘Collections by Belgard’ for Coordinated Outdoor Design in Orange County, CA

Designing well-coordinated outdoor living spaces just got easier! Say hello to Collections by Belgard, launching in the Southwest, Midwest, and Southeast regions for this year’s building season with a nationwide rollout to follow. Collections combines complementary products in a way to more effortlessly pair hardscapes with a home’s style or design aesthetic, simplifying the design and planning process. Collections by Belgard features six unique looks, which each relate to architecture trends and styles across North America.

Legacy Collection

Belgard Legacy Collection

Perfect for evoking old-world charm or providing a timeless accent, the Legacy Collection represents the traditional aesthetic and classic spirit of Belgard. With soft edges and ground or split-face textures, the Legacy Collection creates a time-honored look that never goes out of style. You can also look here for border inspiration and accents to enhance the look of any design.

Heritage Collection

Belgard Heritage Collection

Where traditional style meets modern convenience, the Heritage Collection allows for a time-worn aesthetic without the wait. Antiqued and tumbled so that every piece is unique, this collection adds charm and warmth to neutral palettes.

Natural Collection

Belgard Natural Collection

The Natural Collection embraces the casual spirit of life without borders, featuring natural stone textures with organic warmth. With laid-back, design-forward products, this collection is perfect for combining old and new, living in harmony with its natural surroundings.

Metropolitan Collection

Belgard Metropolitan Collection

Strong lines paired with smooth textures give the Metropolitan Collection a bold, modern look. This streamlined, contemporary aesthetic emphasizes natural light and neutral tones with wood accents to give a modern flair that is cozy, not cold.

Porcelain Collection

Belgard Porcelain Collection

Versatile and ultra-contemporary, the Porcelain Collection is stunning with a streamlined, upscale appearance and superior performance. Compact, resistant and virtually non-porous, this collection provides a modern aesthetic best complemented by blacks, whites and other pale neutrals.

Environmental Collection

Belgard Environmental Collection

A true marriage of form and function, the Environmental Collection ensures that homeowners can be water wise and house proud. Classic lines and smooth finishes complement the traditional and the modern, providing a stunning solution to standing water and irrigation needs.

To find more information on Collections by Belgard, visit Belgard.com/locator to find a Belgard Authorized Contractor near you.

This post was originally written and published on Belgard.com

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Emerging Trends in Large Scale Patio Pavers in Orange County, CA

There’s an old saying that “bigger is better.” Although that’s quite often not true at all, in the contemporary world of outdoor living design, large scale pavers certainly are one of the hottest trends.

This phenomenon has a lot to do with the continuing evolution of what’s known in design circles as “indoor/outdoor living.” In layman’s terms, this design concept refers to outdoor living designs that are a continuation of the interior environment. For the last several years, popularity has continued to increase for larger tiles and wider wooden planks for interior flooring. Continuing this trend outdoors was a natural progression in creating designs that flow more easily from one environment to the other. And as demand for larger pavers continued to grow, a multitude of style options began to emerge.

Popular Paver Face Textures

Natural stone textures have been popular for the last several years — and continue to be so, particularly in certain regions — however, there’s a rising trend towards smoother faced pavers that offer crisp, clean lines. With the rise in porcelain pavers, there has also been an increase in woodgrain-textured pavers. This is reflective of a rise in the popularity of interior wood look porcelain tile — one of the hottest trends in interior flooring. This style offers the look of natural wood without any of the stain or maintenance worries, which is particularly beneficial in an outdoor environment.

Trends in Plank-Style Pavers

You guessed it…with an increase in woodgrain pavers, the plank shape naturally followed suit. In addition to porcelain styles, plank-style concrete pavers are also trending. With woodgrain porcelain pavers, wider planks are more popular, as they more closely mimic wooden decking and also reflect interior flooring trends. However, both wide and narrow planks are trending in the concrete styles, both in textured and smooth-face plank pavers. Plank shapes are also available in the Belgard’s versatile Moduline Series™, which offers an array of colors that allow designers to have some fun with their paver designs.

Large Scale Paver Shapes

It’s definitely hip to be square, and the larger the better. This can be seen in both slab-style pavers and numerous porcelain paver lines. Belgard regularly sees orders for sizes up to 24″ x 24″, with custom orders of porcelain pavers in even larger squares. However, large rectangles are also quite popular, which is more reflective of the current trends in interior flooring.

Laying Patterns for Large Scale Pavers

Popular pattern styles vary, depending on paver shape. With square pavers, a straight (or stacked bond) lay is most often seen, which is actually a contrast to the stagger patterns more often seen in interior flooring. Diagonal patterns are sometimes seen, too, but are not quite as popular. Rectangular and plank pavers are most often laid in a staggered running bond, but are sometimes seen in a herringbone pattern in more adventurous designs. Modular ashlar patterns are also quite popular, which incorporate multiple pavers shapes and sizes. A newly emerging trend is to entangle the pavers with the surrounding landscape, either by staggering the edge of the paver field or by using squares in a checkerboard or stepping-stone pattern.

 

This post was originally written and published on Belgard.com

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Home Project Highlight: Paver Patio Remodel with Outdoor BBQ and Fire Pit in Yorba Linda, CA

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Home Project: Paver Patio Remodel with Outdoor BBQ and Fire Pit

Location: Yorba Linda, CA

Designer: Simple Outdoor Living

Contractor: West Hills Masonry

Materials: Belgard pavers, SiteOne Landscape Supply lighting (see above)

Supplier: Thompson Building Materials

 

 

Before…3D Design Plan…After

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Patio remodel in Yorba Linda, CA (before shot)

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3D rendering of paver patio remodel with outdoor BBQ and fire pit in Yorba Linda, CA

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Paver patio remodel with outdoor BBQ and fire pit in Yorba Linda, CA (after shot)

 

And More Before…3D Design Plan…After

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Paver patio remodel in Yorba Linda, CA (before shot)

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3D rendering of paver patio remodel with outdoor fire pit in Yorba Linda, CA

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Paver patio remodel with outdoor fire pit installation in Yorba Linda, CA (after shot)

 

And More Before…3D Design Plan…After…Again!

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Paver patio remodel in Yorba Linda, CA (before shot)

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3D rendering of paver patio remodel in Yorba Linda, CA

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Paver patio remodel with outdoor water feature in Yorba Linda, CA (after shot)

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

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

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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.

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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!

Backyard Ideas Tip #2: Outdoor Lighting