Backyard Ideas: Plank Pavers are Becoming the Go-To Paver Choice in Orange County, CA

3D Design Plan Displaying Plank Pavers for this Stunning Home in Anaheim, CA

 

The go-to paver choice for many Orange County homes is definitely plank pavers. They’re an engaging option whether you’re the hostess-with-the-mostest, or simply want a backyard to sit back, relax and enjoy the sunny weather.

Plank pavers are just like the name suggests: pavers that are shaped like planks. They come in different sizes, textures, and colors − complimenting various types of backyards, front yards, and other home projects you may have in mind.

 

Plank paver systems are versatile to fit virtually any homeowner’s wish list including style preference, outdoor space functionality, or even budget size!

 

Local paver contractors can also attest to the unique durability plank pavers can offer, guaranteeing many years of use and enjoyment to come.

 

Here a just a few of our favorite plank pavers:

Belgard’s Agilina Silex Blend with its natural stone texture,

 

Rinn Padio 14 with its clean lines and smooth face,

 

and the Melville Plank with its contemporary look with classic appeal (as seen in the video within this article).

 

Honestly, every paver is unique like the homeowner we serve. There are so many great options for paver remodels, and we’re absolutely positive we can find the perfect match for you and your home. Contact us today for your free consultation.

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

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.

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!

What We Do For Your Home Project in Orange County, CA!

 

You want your backyard remodel done right the first time without hassle or haggling, all with your overall budget in mind. No problem, because we are the first and only construction integration company in Orange County, CA

This means we help with every step of your home project: from beginning to end! We bring outdoor designers, masonry and paver contractors, and local material suppliers all under one convenient roof for the homeowner. No more guesswork needed from any party involved because this is your outdoor remodel we’re talking about.

 

Some of the tools we use to measure your outdoor living space!

 

In our new design center in Anaheim, CA we have it all…from the latest in 3D design and project cost analysis, to local contractor bidding and best material selection. This ensures you save time, money, and convenience every time.

But come check it out for yourself! Visit our new design center and see what all the fuss is about.

 

3490 E. ORANGETHORPE AVE. ANAHEIM, CA 92806

714-388-5878

Backyard Ideas in Orange County, CA

Tips for Planning a Pool Installation in Orange County, CA

Don’t let the frigid temperatures across the country fool you! If you’re planning to install a pool and want it to be ready in time for that first day of swimming season, it’s time to start the planning process. Planning and installing a pool can take a considerable amount of time, and there are a lot of different aspects to consider. Here are a few tips to get you started.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK

Do some research on the different types of pools and the pros and cons of each. Keep in mind that the specific pros and can often depend upon your location and the local environment. In-ground pools can be made with different materials including fiberglass, concrete (gunite) and vinyl. There are also different types of filtration and cleaning systems. It helps if you’ve done a little research before you start talking to contractors, so you can speak the same language and make a more informed decision.

TALK IT UP

Put the word out with friends and family that you are planning to install a pool and are looking for advice. Anyone who has ever owned a pool will help you navigate the waters in ways you would never have expected. Learn from the mistakes of others and pay particular attention to sentences that begin with, “I wish I had thought to….”

GET INSPIRED

Browse through inspirational photos of pools to get ideas on shapes, colors, trim accessories, pool deck materials and various other design elements. Keep in mind that although standard concrete decking may be a more economical option in terms of the initial construction costs, it may not be the most economical choice in the long run. Concrete slabs will crack as they settle, and concrete coatings will crack and chip off over time. Pavers, however, will last the life of your pool. For inspirational ideas of paver pool decks, visit the Belgard Pool Deck Ideas Pinterest board.

GET MULTIPLE QUOTES & REFERENCES

A good rule of thumb is to get three quotes from contractors who come highly recommended. Check out their references and ask if you can see photos and possibly visit the sites of pools they have built. Don’t be afraid to talk to their former clients and ask tough questions, like “What were the best and worst things about working with this contractor?” Also, realize that it’s not always the wisest to go with the lowest quote. Sometimes, you do indeed get what you pay for. That fact will likely become evident once you start checking references.

PRIORITIZE YOUR “MUST HAVES”

After the initial design is planned and quoted, you’ll more than likely think of new elements you want to add on to the plan, so factor about 5-10% of contingency into your budget. Upgrades will add up quickly, so prioritize in terms of what you will get the most use out of, what you will most regret not doing, and what is harder to change or add at a later date.

 

This post was originally written and published on Belgard.com

Paver Sealant: To Seal or Not to Seal

Paver sealant is an important maintenance tool to keep paver patios, walkways, driveways and pool decks looking as beautiful as they day they were installed.  However, “too much of a good thing” can come into play, and you should be wary of over-applying paver sealer by reapplying too often, which could create a haze. This week’s blog offers tips for knowing when it’s time to seal and how to best achieve the desired look.

Should all concrete pavers be sealed?

Yes. Concrete is porous and will absorb stains if not sealed. Sealants can also protect paver color from fading.

Do all paver sealant brands offer the same basic protection?

There are definitely some poor products on the market. Don’t trust the fact that you bought it at a big box store or that it’s a high-profile brand. Just because a brand is good at one product category (like paint) doesn’t mean they are the best in another. Belgard recommends Techniseal® sealants. When it comes paver sealant, Techniseal® is a pioneer in the industry has a robust R&D department, resulting in effective and durable products specifically created for paver installation and maintenance.

Is any one paver sealant finish more protective than another?

There are basically two types of paver sealants: film-forming (gloss or semi-gloss finish) and non-film-forming (matte finish). Film-forming sealants, such as Wet Look and Clear Look, offer the ultimate protection because they create a physical barrier on the paver surface. However non-film-forming sealants, Natural Look and Color Boost, still offer excellent protection and last a bit longer.

Techniseal Concrete Paver Sealer

How long should new pavers cure before they are sealed for the first time?

If using a non-film-forming paver sealant, wait one week before sealing. If using a film-forming sealant, wait 30 days to avoid trapping moisture under the protective barrier.

Is there a prep process before applying paver sealant?

Even new pavers should be cleaned with Techniseal® Paver Prep prior to sealing. Not only will it clean the pavers, but it will open the pores on the surface to allow better penetration of the sealant. Older pavers will also benefit, as Paver Prep will remove any efflorescence (or whitish salt buildup) that has accumulated. Any stains should be removed prior to applying Paver Prep, using the specific stain remover for the type of stain. For more information, read last week’s blog on paver stain removal.

How long should pavers dry after being cleaned and prepped?

The answer depends on your climate. In warm, sunny climates, the pavers will be dry and ready to seal in a few hours. In cooler climates or shady areas, it’s best to wait about 24 hours.

What are the ideal weather conditions for sealing?

Ideal conditions would be 75 degrees and sunny; however, anywhere between 50-90 degrees is generally fine. Take note that solvent-based sealants evaporate faster, so lower temperatures are better for application.

How often should paver sealer be reapplied?

The basic rule of thumb is every 3-5 years. For film-forming sealants, you will be able to notice when the physical barrier is showing signs of wear. For non-film-forming sealants, you will begin to see a significant color change of pavers during a rain when the sealant is wearing thin. Keep in mind that in cases of a really heavy rain, even well-sealed pavers may darken for a couple of days until the water fully evaporates, which is not an indication of sealant failure.

PAVER SEALANT APPLICATION TIPS:

  • Like with painting, it’s best to keep a wet edge on a continuous area. In other words, don’t let a section dry before you finish. Once you start working, keep working.
  • An application sprayer (available at any hardware store) makes it easier to work faster.
  • Apply paver sealant to saturation. Get the pavers good and wet to make sure all crevices are covered. Then use a dry roller to soak up the excess to avoid lines and drip marks.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Visit Techniseal’s website for more DIY paver sealant application tips. When in doubt, hire a professional.

 

This post was originally written and published on Belgard.com

Introducing New Agilina™ Plank Pavers: Available in Orange County, CA

Agilina Plank Paver

There’s a reason why plank pavers are trendier than ever before. Inspired by the clean lines of modern design trends, new Agilina™ Plank is a marriage of old-world aesthetics and contemporary lines. With the beautifully textured face of natural cut stone, Agilina™ Plank pavers are available in multiple size formats to create numerous looks and patterns for stylish outdoor living designs. Varied widths and lengths allow for multiple running bond patterns to create either a random or more stylized look, depending upon preference. Agilina™ Plank also works well as a border for mixed paver designs, and when using the longer planks, requires fewer cuts.

Applications of Agilina™ Plank Pavers

All sizes of Agilina™ Plank pavers work well for contemporary paver patios, walkways or pool decks.

Agilina Plank Paver Patio

The three-piece 60mm-profile system can also overlay existing concrete with the help of DriBond™ advanced mudset to transform existing living outdoor spaces.

Agilina™ Plank is also available in 80mm profile, which is capable of supporting light vehicular loads for creating stylish paver driveways. When overlaying a sound concrete base, the 60mm profile can also be used for residential vehicular applications.

Agilina Plank Paver Driver

Areas of Distribution

Agilina™ Plank pavers are currently available throughout the Midwest, Northeast and Southern regions and will be launched in other markets throughout the year.

 

This post was originally written and published on Belgard.com

The Benefits of Concrete Pavers Versus Brick Pavers in Orange County, CA

When planning a paver project in Orange County, it’s important to know that not all pavers are equal. When choosing paver materials, it’s particularly essential to understand the differences between brick pavers and concrete pavers and the multiple benefits of choosing concrete pavers over traditional clay brick.

Paver Sizes & Shapes

Concrete pavers come in a tremendous variety of shapes and sizes –- from small 4″x8″ and 6″x6″ all that way up to 24” slabs, as well as irregular and plank shapes.  Clay brick pavers typically only come in 4″x8″ sizes.

Paver Finishes & Styles

While brick pavers all have a similar face, concrete pavers are available in an endless array of finishes — including smooth finishes, natural stone textures, cobbled looks, antique tumbled looks and more.  Most concrete paver finishes incorporate blends of colors, and many have unique faces created with specialized aggregates.

Paver Colors

Clay brick pavers are typically only available in a limited number of shades or color blends. However, concrete pavers are available in a wide array of hues and color blends — including warm color tones, cool color tones, deep shades, and variegated color blends. This allows for greater design flexibility and the ability to create more coordinated outdoor designs. Some concrete pavers also have built-in protectants to help prevent the color from fading over time.

Consistent Paver Sizes

Concrete pavers are made in a highly controlled environment, allowing for more uniformed and consistent shapes and sizes within a particular style. This allows for more efficient installation. Brick pavers can often be warped as part of the firing process, which can make installation more challenging.

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