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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

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.

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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