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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.

3D softward for backyard remodels in Orange Counthy

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!

Get a second look at your backyard quote in orange county, ca

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!

Lake Forest Orange County Hardscape and Landscape 2D Plan

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.

fire pit and fire features installed in yorba linda, ca

Fire pit and fire features installed in Yorba Linda, CA

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.

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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!

Backyard Ideas Tip #2: Outdoor Lighting

2018 Landscape Architect Survey Results on Outdoor Living Design Trends in Orange County, CA

Belgard Outdoor Backyard Design Infographic ASLA Survey

 

This post was originally written and published on Belgard.com